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ACTON HAL LIBRARY 

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 





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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

SECTION A 

Selectmen's Report 4 

SECTION B 

Births Registered in 1962 6 

Report of Dog Licenses 14 

Record of Town Election 15 

Abstract of the Proceedings of the 

Annual Town Meeting — March 12, 1962 17 

Special Town Meeting — October 8, 1962 50 

Special Town Meeting — December 17, 1962 51 

SECTION C 

Report of Acton School Department and 

Acton Boxborough Regional School District 66 

SECTION D 

Report of the Archives Committee 96 

Report of the Board of Appeals 97 

Report of the Acton Building Committee 97 

Report of the Building Inspector 98 

Report of the Cemetery Commissioners 99 

Report of the Acton Conservation Commission 100 

Civil Defense Report 102 

Report of Dog Officer 103 

Report of the Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 103 

Report of the Engineering Department 103 

Report of the Fire Department Ill 

Report of the Trustees of the Goodnow Fund 113 

Report of the Board of Health 113 

Report of the Town Nurse 117 

' Report of the Industrial Development Commission 119 

Report of the Inspector of Animals 120 

Report of the Inspector of Wires ; 121 

Report of the Insurance Committee 121 

Library Report 122 

Report of the Moth Superintendent 124 

Report of the Personnel Board 124 

Report of the Planning Board 125 

Report of the Police Department 127 

Report of the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee 130 

Public Works Study Committee 137 

Report of Recreation Commission 138 

Report of the Sealer of Weights and Measures 139 

Report of the Street Light Committee 139 

Report of the Superintendent of Streets ^ 140 

Report of the Forest Committee 142 

Report of the Tree Warden 142 

Report of the Veterans' Agent 143 

Report of the Welfare Board 143 

Report of Workmen's Compensation Agent 145 

SECTION E 

Report of the Town Account 148 

Balance Sheet 149 

Summary of Appropriations and Disbursements 154 

Assessor's Report 164 

Town Collector's Report 165 

State Auditor's Report 172 

Treasurer's Report 175 

SECTION F 

Town Officers 192 

Appointments made by Selectmen .' 194 

Revised Jury List 199 

Feredal and State Officials 201 






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TOWN OF ACTON 

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FOR ITS 
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FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1962 



NORTHEAST OFFSET 



LOWELL, MASS. 



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ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SECTION A 

SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit reports of the several departments under the 
supervision of the Board of Selectmen. 

During the year 1962, the Board held forty-five regular meetings, 
thirty-three special meetings and thirty-three hearings. 

Layouts of nineteen streets were completed and after necessary 
hearings, were presented to the Town at a Special Town Meeting on 
December 17, 1962 and twelve of these were approved. 

On the approval of the Town at the Annual Town Meeting, a 
Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee was created and the 
following members were appointed: Richmond P. Miller, Jr., Percy 
W. Wood, Raymond A. Shamel, Russell Hayward, Lowell H. Cram 
and Clark C. McElvein. 

We, again, recommend the consideration of obtaining the services 
of a sanitary engineer. 

The Board of Selectmen purchased land from William C. Kazokas 
and Porter G. Jenks for school purposes. Also, signed an option to hold 
thirty -five acres for a period of five years. 

The major project for 1963 will be the widening and improving 
of Arlington Street under Chapter 90. 

Under Article 45 of the 1963 Annual Town Meeting Warrant, we 
recommend the purchase of a rebuilt 3-wheel roller for the Highway 
Department to replace the present one which has seen service for 
approximately thirty years and is beyond reasonable repair. 

The latter part of 1962, a start was made on the renovation of 
the old hearing room in the Town Hall into a town office, releasing the 
former town office space to the Treasurer and Collector. 

The need for larger Police quarters still continues and we request 
favorable action by the Town. 

We have inserted an article for the construction of a municipal 
parking area at the rear of the West Acton Fire Station. We hope 
this will relieve the parking congestion around the shopping area. 

We appreciate the co-operation of the many departments, em- 
ployees, boards and committees. At this time, we express our sincere 
appreciation to each and every employee as well as to the Citizens of 
Acton for their understanding and fine co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted 

ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON 

Board of Selectmen 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SECTION B 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN 1962 6 

NOTICE OF DOG LICENSES 14 

REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 14 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 15 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - March 12, 1962 17 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - October 8, 1962 50 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - December 17, 1962 .... 51 



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U 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1963. 

Dogs must be licensed on or be- 
fore April 1st or the owners or 
keepers thereof are liable to a 
fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 

REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 
ISSUED IN 1962 

760 Licenses @ $ 2.00 $1,520.00 

98 Licenses @ 5.00 490.00 

10 Licenses @ 10.00 100.00 

6 Licenses @ 25.00 150.00 

1 License : @ 50.00 50.00 

44 Duplicate Tags @ .25 11.00 

3 Transfer Licenses @ .25 .75 

Paid to Town Treasurer $2,321.75 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 1 5 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 5, 1962 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of votes cast 264 285 464 1,013 



MODERATOR, one year 

James Edward Kinsley 139 140 315 594 

Lawrence P. Wilder 123 139 142 404 

Blanks 2 6 7 15 



TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 238 258 441 937 

Blanks 26 27 23 76 



SELECTMEN, three years 

Lawrence Donnelly 229 250 416 895 

Scattered 1113 

Blanks 34 34 4~ 115 

ASSESOR, three vears 

William D. Tuttle 244 261 441 946 

Blanks 20 24 23 67 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three vears 

Clinton S. Curtis 239 253 430 922 

Blanks 25 32 34 91 

TREASURER, one vear 

Wm. Henry Soar 240 262 442 944 

Scattered 10 1 

Blanks 23 23 22 68 



TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 237 256 439 932 

Scattered 10 1 

Blanks 26 29 25 80 



16 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Parker Harrison, Jr 190 195 327 712 

Henrv J. Hogan, Jr 88 93 208 389 

James W.Myers 154 176 258 588 

Scattered 2 13 

Blanks 94 106 134 334 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 233 249 413 895 

Chauncev R. Fenton, Jr 242 260 425 927 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 238 251 422 911 

David W. Scribner 233 250 424 907 

Scattered 10 1 

Blanks 109 130 172 411 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Harrv E. Holt 242 258 435 935 

Blanks 22 27 29 78 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Robert C. Heustis 226 234 413 873 

Scattered 2 13 

Blanks 38 49 50 137 

BOARD OF HEALTH, two vears to fill vacancy 

Marv M. Donald 159 119 160 438 

David L. Smith 96 157 288 541 

Blanks 9 9 16 34 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Louise M. Gardiner 64 17 108 189 

Judith K. Spencer 28 28 

Scattered 20 14 21 55 

Blanks 180 226 335 741 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

John H. Loring 228 233 416 877 

Blanks 36 52 48 136 

TREE WARDEN, one vear 

Franklin H. Charter 248 260 439 947 

Blanks 16 25 25 66 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 17 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 



March 12, 1962 

Article 1 

OFFICERS 

Chose: Hazel P. Vose trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for three 
years. 

Chose: Arno H. Perkins trustee of the West Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: Frederick S. Kennedy trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: James N. Gates trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars for each 
night for each meeting for the year 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the v Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 
be five hundred twenty-five dollars and that the salaries of the other members 
be four hundred fifty dollars each for the calendar year 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be three thousand one 
hundred twenty dollars for the calendar year 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be two thousand six hun- 
dred fifteen dollars for the calendar year of 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be one thousand eight hundred 
ninety dollars for the calendar year of 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Assessors be two 
thousand seven hundred thirty five dollars, that the salary of the Clerk be one 
thousand twenty dollars, and the salary of the third member be nine hundred 
thirty-five dollars for the calendar year 1962. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Public Welfare 
be one hundred twenty-five dollars and that the salary of the other members 
be seventy-five dollars each for the calendar year 1962. 

Voted: That for the calendar year 1962, the salary of the Chairman of 
the Board of Health be one hundred twenty-five dollars, that the salary of the 
members be seventy-five dollars each and that the Board of Health be authorized 
to appoint one of its members as Assistant Agent of the Board of Health at the 
rate of one dollar seventy-five cents per hour in accordance with the provisions 
of Section 4-A of Chapter 41, of the General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Voted: That the wages of the Tree Warden be at the rate of two dollars 
and three cents per hour from Jan. 1, 1962 to March 31, 1962, and two dollars 
and thirty-six cents per hour from April 1, 1962, to December 31, 1962, plus 
seventy-five cents per hour for the use of his truck during the calendar year 
1962. 



18 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 2 
REPORTS 
Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards. 



Article 3 

REPORTS 

Town Meeting that have not already reported. 

Voted the following resolution: Be it hereby resolved that the Town of 
Acton, at its annual Meeting of March 12, 1962, does hereby recognize, on his 
retirement from Public Service, Albert P. Durkee. Mr. Durkee has served as 
Chairman of the Board of Assessors for thirty of the thirty-nine years he has 
been a member of this Board. 

That this record of distinguished and loyal service to this community; and 
the best wishes of its citizenry be made a part of the official record of this 
meeting. 



Article 4 

PERSONNEL BY-LAW 

Voted unanimously: To amend the TOWN BY-LAWS by adding a new 
Section numbered 7 entitled PERSONNEL BY-LAW, which is as follows: 

PERSONNEL BY-LAW 

FOR 

WAGE AND SALARY DETERMINATION AND ADMINISTRATION 

APPLICATION 

SECTION I — EXTENT OF INCLUSION 

All Town departments and all positions in the Town Service for which 
compensation is paid (whether full time, seasonal, casual, special, Civil Service 
or other) shall be considered as being within the scope of coverage of the Per- 
sonnel By-Law, with the following exceptions and/or limitations: 

(a) In conformance with Chapter 41, Section 108 of the General Laws, 
as amended, salaries paid to elected Town officials shall be established 
annually by a vote of the Town. The Personnel Board shall however 
maintain the required records to properly evaluate the worth of such 
service, and on request, will make recommendations as to salaries for 
these positions. 

(b) Positions under the direction of the School Committee in conformance 
with Chapter 41, Section 108 A of the General Laws, as amended, 
shall not be included, unless such inclusion shall be at the specific 
request of the School Committee. 

ADMINISTRATION 

SECTION 2 — THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

(a) Appointment Procedure — A Personnel Board of five (5) members 
shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, to serve without com- 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 19 

pensation, for a term of three (3) years. In making the original ap- 
pointments two (2) members shall be appointed for a term expiring 
April 1, 1965, two (2) for a term expiring April 1, 1964, and one (1) 
for a term expiring April 1, 1963. Thereafter appointments shall be 
made for a term of three (3) years. Vacancies shall be filled by the 
Board of Selectmen to cover the unexpired term of the vacated member. 

(b) Board Membership — At least two (2) members shall be appointed 
by reason of specific qualifications through actual personnel practice 
or experience. No board member shall be in a paid service to the Town 
either elected, appointed or hired. 

(c) General Board Procedures — Board Members shall elect the officers 
it deems necessary to promote an effective organization, and may es- 
tablish their own rules of procedure. Three (3) members shall consti- 
tute a quorum for the transaction of business. The affirmative vote 
of the three (3) members shall be required to make official any act 
of the Board. The Board shall maintain accurate records of its official 
business, proceedings and actions. Subject to approved appropriations 
the Board may make the necessary expenditures to insure an effective 
performance of their duties. The Board of Selectmen shall furnish 
the Board with such necessary office space and hearing rooms as may 
be required for the performance of these duties. 

SECTION 3 — DUTIES OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

(a) The Personnel Board shall administer the Municipal Compensation 
Plan, and shall establish such policies, procedures and regulations, 
consistent with said Plan, as it deems necessary for the administration 
thereof. 

(b) The Personnel Board shall maintain personnel records of all em- 
ployees, including therein such information as it deems desirable. 
Department Heads shall furnish such information as shall be requested 
for this purpose. 

Cc) The Personnel Board, from time to time, shall review the work of all 
positions subject to the Plan. Such reviews shall be so scheduled as 
to cover all such positions at intervals of not more than three years. In 
case of necessity, the Personnel Board may tentatively add a new 
position to the Plan or reclassify an existing position to a different 
group, subject to the subsequent ratification of its action by a formal 
amendment of the Plan at the next town meeting. 

(d) The Personnel Board shall, from time to time, review the Plan. It 
shall keep informed as to wage policies outside the service of the Town, 
and shall recommend to the Town any action which it deems desirable 
to maintain a fair and equitable wage level. 

(e) Upon recommendation of a department head, supported by evidence 
in writing of special reasons and exceptional circumstances satisfactory 
to the Personnel Board, said Board may authorize an entrance rate 
higher than the minimum rate for a position, and such other variances 
in the Compensation Plan as it may deem necessary for the proper 
functioning of the services of the town, and to effectuate the basic 
intent of the Plan. No variance shall become effective unless, or until, 
the necessary funds have been appropriated therefor. 

(f) The Personnel Board shall maintain written job descriptions of the jobs, 
or positions, in the Plan, describing the essential characteristics, re- 
quirements and general duties of the jobs. The descriptions shall not 
be interpreted as complete or limiting definitions of any job, and em- 



20 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



ployees shall continue in the future, as in the past, to perform any 
duties assigned by department heads, supervisors or other administrative 
authority. 

Cg) The Personnel Board shall make an annual report to the town, includ- 
ing recommendations on any matters related to the Plan which it feels 
should be considered by the town. 

00 The administration of the Plan shall be construed as being in con- 
formance with the provisions as contained in Chapter 41, Section 
108C of the General Laws, as amended. 

WAGE AND SALARY DETERMINATION 

SECTION 4 — MUNICIPAL COMPENSATION PLAN FOR 
MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS 

(a) The Plan — A classification and compensation plan, requiring the 
use of formal evaluation procedures is hereby established. The Plan, 
through proper measurement, establishes the relative value of one 
position to another through the use of established techniques, applied 
to position requirements through position descriptions, and the use of 
Job and Staff Evaluation Manuals. The Plan shall be construed as 
being conformance with the provisions as contained in Chapter 41, 

Section 108 A of the General Laws, as amended. 

Classifications and corresponding compensation values, on a cur- 
rent basis, are contained in Schedules A, B, Bl, C, Cl, attached hereto 
and made a part hereof. Pay rates are shown on an hourly, weekly, 
monthly and yearly basis, and extended to compensate for variations 
in work periods, for purpose of presentation and assistance in applica- 
tion. The current basis for wage payment (hourly, weekly, monthly, 
etc.)> will remain in effect. "Full Time Service" is' defined as a per- 
manent full time employee hired to work a full schedule of hours 
per week, but not less than 35 hours per week and not less than 50 
weeks per year. "Part Time Service" is defined as employment for 
less time than that indicated in "Full Time Service". 

(b) Installing and Operating the Plan 

1. No wage or salary shall be reduced as a result of the installa- 
tion of this Plan. Any existing rates above the maximum shall become 
Personal Rates and apply only to the present incumbent. Such rates 
are not subject to automatic changes until such time as these rates 
conform to the Compensation Plan or until such time as the position 
is vacated. When the incumbent leaves the emplov of the Town, or 
is transferred to another job, the rate shall disappear. No other em- 
ployee assigned to, or hired, for the job shall advance beyond the 
maximum of the job. 

2. Employees in the continuous "Full Time Service" of the Town, 
who have a satisfactory performance record, shall be eligible for an 
advance of one step-rate per year (the year to be counted from the 
date of the latest increase), but not more, until the maximum for 
their job is reached, subject to the approval of their Department Head 
and the Personnel Board. Any employee denied such an increase has 
the right to appeal to the Personnel Board, which will confer with both 
the employee and the Department Head. All adjustments shall be 
approved in advance by the Personnel Board. 

3. Progressions through the rate ranges are not mandatory and 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 21 

shall be on the basis of merit and ability on recommendation of the 
Department Head. 

4. When an employee is promoted to a higher rated job, he 
shall enter at the minimum of the job rate range or at his own rate, 
whichever is the higher. He may also receive a one step-rate increase 
at the time, if the Department Head feels that qualifications and 
performance warrant it, and the Personnel Board approves. 

5. The Personnel Board shall be notified of all requisitions for 
persons to fill positions or perform duties subject to the Compensation 
Plan and shall advise upon the appropriate classification to which 
such persons shall be assigned. 

6. The hiring rate shall be the minimum of the rate range of 
the job for which the new employee is hired, unless otherwise author- 
ized by the Personnel Board. The first six months of employment 
shall be a probationary period, at the end of which the Department 
Head may decide whether his performance warrants continued em- 
ployment. 

7. The Personnel Board shall have the right to establish the 
job or salary grade which shall be paid in a new position title necessary 
to the conduct of the business of the Town. 

8. The Compensation Plan, when established by the vote of 
the Town, shall consist of: 

(a) Minimum and maximum wages and salaries to be paid 
for each position included in the Compensation Plan, and 

(b) Designated step-rate increases for such job and salary 
ranges as shall, from time to time, be established by 
vote of the Town. 

9. Employees in the continuous "Part Time Service" of the Town 
shall be subject to the above operating rules in regard to step-rate in- 
creases on the basis of the ratio of part time service to full time service. 

10. No overtime shall be paid to Salaried Department Heads, 
Professional Employees and employees in jobs or positions subject to 24 
hour call duty. Employees in the continuous "Full Time Service" 
shall be paid overtime at the rate of Wz times their regular rate for 
hours in excess of their regularly scheduled work week, providing such 
work week is not less than 40 hours. 

SECTION 5 — EFFECTIVE DATE OF PERSONNEL BY-LAW 

The Personnel By-Law, as contained herein, shall be established 
as of April 1, 1962, upon acceptance by a vote of the Town in the 
annual town meeting of 1962. 

SECTION 6 —AMENDMENT OF PERSONNEL BY-LAW 

Any section, or specific segment, or provision of this By-Law 
may be amended at an annual Town meeting, provided the petition 
for such amendment has been submitted in writing to the Personnel 
Board and acted upon by the Board. Such petition for amendment 
shall receive fair and impartial consideration by the Board and may 
include hearings with the interested parties. The Board shall make 
known within thirty (30) days its approval or disapproval of such 
amendment. Petition for amendment mav then be presented at the 



22 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



annual Town Meeting. The Personnel Board may submit petitions for 
amendments to the Personnel By-Laws. 

FRINGE BENEFITS 

SECTION 7 —VACATIONS WITH PAY 

(a) All regular full time employees, except those for whom other provisions 
are made by the laws of the Commonwealth, who have been employed 
for less than thirty weeks prior to June 1 in the current year shall 
be granted vacation leave of one CO day with full pay for each month 
of employment, provided that such vacation credit shall be calculated 
from the first day of employment. 

(b) Vacation leave of two (2) weeks with full pay shall be granted to 
any such employee who as of June 1 has been employed by the Town 
for more than thirty (30) weeks but less than fifteen (15) years. 

(c) Vacation leave of three (3) weeks with full pay shall be granted to 
any such employee who, as of June 1 has been employed by the Town 
for fifteen (15) years or more. 

(d) Vacation pay is computed as follows: 

The number of hours that the employee is regularlv scheduled 
to work, times the employee's basic hourly rate of pay (or the hourly 
equivalent for employees paid on a salary basis). 

(e) Vacations shall be granted by the Department Heads at such times, 
as in their opinion will cause the least interference with the per- 
formance of the regular work of the department, but taking into 
account, as far as possible, the preferences of the individual employee. 
Vacations must be taken in the year in which they are due and shall 
not accumulate from year to year. If a holiday falls within the vacation 
period of an employee, he shall be granted an additional day of 
vacation. No employee may be required or permitted to forego his 
vacation and receive extra pay in lieu thereof. Vacation leave with 
pay shall not be granted to temporarv emplovees. 

SECTION 8 — HOLIDAYS 

The following are recognized as work holidays by the Town; New 

Year's Day, Washington's Birthday, Patriot's Day, Memorial Dav, 

Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, 
Thanksgiving, Christmas. 

Only essential work, as determined by the Department Head, 
will be scheduled on a recognized Holiday. Except for work so 
scheduled, all permanent Full Time employees will receive the Holiday 
off, with Holiday pay, provided the Holiday falls on a regularly 
scheduled work day for the employees. A Holiday falling on Sunday 
will be observed on the Monday next following. If a Holidav falls on 
a Saturday which is not a regularly scheduled work day, it will not 
be paid for. 

Holiday pav is computed at the individual's normal hours per 
day times his basic hourly rate, but not to exceed eight (8) hours at 
straight time. 

When a Holiday falls on the employee's regularly scheduled 
work day and the employee is required to work he will be paid Holi- 
day pay, plus regular pav for the hours actually worked. In no case 
will the number of vacation days plus the paid Holidays exceed 
twenty-five (25) days. 






I 



THE TO WN OF ACTON 23 

In order to be eligible to receive Holiday pay the employee must 
have been in pay status on his last scheduled work day prior to the 
Holiday, and his first scheduled work day following the Holiday, 
unless absent with the prior permission of his supervisor. 

SECTION 9 — PAYMENT DUE TO ABSENCE ON ACCOUNT 
OF ILLNESS 

(a) Non-Occupational Sick Leave — All regular full time employees shall 
be credited with one half Q/i) day of sick leave upon the completion 
of each month of service (or major fraction of a month) until the 
June 1 following the date of employment. The number of days 
credited as of June 1 of each year shall be available for use, if neces- 
sary, during the twelve (12) month period ending the following May 
31. Sick leave not used in the year credited may be allowed to accu- 
mulate and be available for use, if necessary, during the twelve (12) 
month period ending the following May 31. This sick leave credit shall 
not exceed a maximum of eighteen (18) days. Sick leave may be 
used only for illness or injury to the employee himself, and only 
while in the employ of the Town. No sick leave accumulations may 
be considered as a basis for payment upon termination of employment. 
In order to be eligible to be granted sick leave, the employee must 
notify his superior of his incapacity on the first day of absence, stating 
the nature of the sickness or injury, time expected to be incapacitated 
and when they expect to return to work. The supervisor is expected 
to check on such absences and to check with the doctor, and to obtain 
the doctor's certificate if in his judgement the situation demands such 
certification. 

(b) Workman's Compensation — Each employee covered under the Work- 
man's Compensation Law shall be entitled to the benefits and be 
subject to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 152 as amended. 
Sickness or injury arising out of, and in connection with, the service to 
the Town, and for which Workmen's Compensation is payable, shall 
be granted the difference between Workman's Compensation payments 
and the regular straight time rate of pay on the same basis as that set 
forth in sub-section a. Non Occupational Sick Leave, as detailed in this 
previous sub-section. 



SECTION 10 — GROUP LIFE INSURANCE 

In accordance with Chapter 32B of the General Laws as amended, 
and the terms of the insurance contracts, all Permanent Full Time 
employees who shall have completed six (6) months of continuous 
full time service for the Town shall be provided with Group Life n- 
surance coverage not to exceed $2,000.00 of which the Town will 
pay 50% of the premium and the employee the other 50%. 

SECTION 11 

Hospitalization and Surgical Insurance — For Permanent Full 
Time employees who are or become members of the existing Blue 
Cross-Blue Shield Group the Town will pay 50% of the cost of such 
membership and the employee the other 50%. Coverage includes both 
individual and family basis. 



24 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



MISCELLANEOUS 

SECTION 12 — CIVIL SERVICE LAW 

Nothing contained in this By-Law or any section thereof shall 
be construed as being in conflict with Chapter 3 1 of the General Laws. 



SECTION J 3 — JURY DUTY 

An employee called for jury duty on days falling within his 
usual work period for the Town shall be paid for those days, the 
difference between the compensation he would have received from 
the Town and his fees exclusive of travel allowances, for such services. 



SCHEDULE A 

Municipal Compensation Plan 

Job and Salary Scale 



April 


1, 1962 
Grade 




Minimum 






Base — H 


ourly Rate 
Maximum 


Salary 


Job 


Step 1 


Step 2 


Step 3 


Step 4 


Step 5 


S 


19 






$ 3.24 $ 


3.39 


$ 3.55 


$ 3.72 


$ 3.89 


S 


14 






2.62 


2.74 


2.87 


3.00 


3.14 


S 


13 






2.49 


2.61 


2.73 


2.86 


2.99 


S 


12 






2.37 


2.48 


2.59 


2.71 


2.84 


S 


11 






2.24 


2.35 


2.46 


2.57 


2.69 


S 


10 






2.12 


2.22 


2.32 


2.43 


2.54 


S 


9 






1.99 


2.09 


2.18 


2.28 


2.39 






J 


9 


1.97 


2.06 


2.16 


2.26 


2.36 






J 


8 


1.86 


1.95 


2.04 


2.13 


2.23 






J 


7 


1.75 


1.83 


1.92 


2.00 


2.10 


S 


7 






1.74 


1.82 


1.91 


2.00 


2.09 






J 


6 


1.64 


1.71 


1.79 


1.87 


1.96 


s 


6 






1.62 


1.69 


1.77 


1.85 


1.94 






J 


5 


1.53 


1.60 


1.67 


1.75 


1.83 


s 


5 






1.49 


1.56 


1.64 


1.71 


1.79 






J 


4 


1.41 


1.48 


1.55 


1.62 


1.69 


s 


4 






1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 






J 


3 


1.30 


1.36 


1.43 


1.49 


1.56 


s 


3 






1.24 


1.30 


1.36 


1.42 


1.49 


s 


2 






1.12 


1.17 


1.22 


1.28 


1.34 



SCHEDULE B 

Position Classification By Grade 

Application of Master Values 

April 1 1962 Full Time Service 

Compensation Rate (Hour, Week, Month, Year) 



Position Work 


Minimum 






Maximum 


Grade Number Hours 


Step 1 Step 2 


Step 3 


Step 4 


Step 5 


S 19 801 40 


$ 3.24 $ 3.39 


$ 3.55 


$ 3.72 


$ 3.89 




129.60 135.60 


142.00 


148.00 


155.60 




561.50 587.60 


615.33 


644.80 


674.27 




6739.20 7051.20 


7384.00 


7737.60 


8091.20 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



25 



s 


14 


*2101 


40 


2.62 


2.74 


2.87 


3.00 


3.14 






*2201 


40 


104.80 


109.60 


114.80 


120.00 


125.60 










454.13 


474.93 


497.47 


520.00 


544.27 










5449.60 


5699.20 


5969.60 


6240.00 


6531.20 


s 


12 


3101 


40 


2.37 


2.48 


2.59 


2.71 


2.S4 










94.80 


99.20 


103.60 


108.40 


113.60 










410.80 


429.87 


448.93 


469.73 


492.27 










4929.60 


5158.40 


5387.20 


5636.80 


5907.20 


s 


11 


*2102 


40 


2.24 


2.35 


2.46 


2.57 


2.69 










89.60 


94.00 


98.40 


102.80 


107.60 










388.27 


407.33 


426.40 


445.47 


466.27 










4659.20 


4888.00 


5116.80 


5345.60 


5595.20 


s 


10 


802 


40 


2.12 


2.22 


2.32 


2.43 


2.54 










84.80 


88.80 


92.80 


97.20 


101.60 










367.47 


384.80 


402.13 


421.20 


440.27 










4409.60 


4617.60 


4825.60 


5054.40 


5283.20 


s 


9 


*2103 


40 


1.99 


2.09 


2.18 


2.28 


2.39 










79.60 


83.60 


87.20 


91.20 


95.60 










344.93 


362.27 


377.87 


395.20 


414.27 










4139.20 


4347.20 


4534.40 


4742.40 


4971.20 






3901 


44 


1.99 


2.09 


2.18 


2.28 


2.39 










87.56 


91.96 


95.92 


100.32 


105.16 










379.43 


398.49 


415.65 


434.72 


455.69 










4553.12 


4781.92 


4987.84 


5216.64 


5468 32 


J 


8 


4402 


40 


1.86 


1.95 


2.04 


2.13 


2.23 










74.40 


78.00 


81.60 


85.20 


89.20 










322.40 


338.00 


353.60 


369.20 


386.53 










3868.80 


4056.00 


4243.20 


4430.40 


4638.40 


J 


7 


3902 


44 


1.75 


1.83 


1.92 


2.00 


2.10 






3903 




77.00 


80.52 


84.48 


88.00 


92.40 






3904 




333.67 


348.92 


367.81 


381.33 


400.40 










4004.00 


4187.04 


4413.76 


4576.00 


4804.80 






4403 


40 


1.75 


1.83 


1.92 


2.00 


2.10 










70.00 


73.20 


76.80 


80.00 


84.00 










303.33 


317.20 


332.80 


346.67 


364.00 










3640.00 


3806.40 


3993.60 


4160.00 


4368.00 


s 


7 


601 


40 


1.74 


1.82 


1.91 


2.00 


2.09 






3803 




69.60 


72.80 


76.40 


80.00 


8360 










301.60 


315.47 


331.07 


346.67 


362.27- 










3619.20 


3785.60 


3972.80 


4160.00 


4347.20 


J 


6 


4404 


40 


1.64 


1.71 


1.79 


1.87 


1.96 










65.60 


68.40 


71.60 


74.80 


78.40 










284.27 


296.40 


310.27 


324.13 


339.73 










3411.20 


3556.80 


3723.20 


3889.60 


4076. SO 






3905 


44 


1.64 


1.71 


1.79 


1.87 


1.96 










72.16 


75.24 


78.76 


82.28 


86.24 










312.69 


326.04 


341.29 


356.55 


373.71 










3752.32 


3912.48 


4095.52 


4278.56 


4484.48 


s 


6 


3804 


40 


1.62 


1.69 


1.77 


1.85 


1.94 










64.80 


67.60 


70.80 


74.00 


77.A0 










280.80 


292.93 


306.80 


320.67 


336. JT 










3369.60 


3515.20 


368 1 .60 


3848.00 


4035.20 



26 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 







4203 


35 


1.62 


1.69 


1.77 


1.85 


1.94 










56.70 


59.15 


61.95 


64.75 


67.90 










245.70 


256.32 


268.45 


280.58 


294.23 










2948.40 


3075.80 


3221.40 


3367.00 


3530.80 


J 


4 


3906 


48 


1.41 


1.48 


1.55 


1.62 


1.69 










67.68 


71.04 


74.40 


77.76 


81.12 










293.28 


307.84 


322.40 


336.96 


351.52 










3519.36 


3694.08 


3868.80 


4043.52 


4218.24 


s 


4 


602 


40 


1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 






603 




54.80 


57.20 


60.00 


62.80 


65.60 






604 




237.47 


247.87 


260.00 


272.13 


284.27 






605 




2849.60 


2974.40 


3120.00 


3265.60 


3411.20 


s 


3 


*2302 


48 


1.24 


1.30 


1.36 


1.42 


1.49 










59.52 


62.40 


65.28 


68.16 


71.52 










257.92 


270.40 


282.88 


295.36 


309.92 










3095.04 


3244.80 


3394.56 


3544.32 


3719.04 


*Subj 


ect 


to 24 hour call 


service. 











April 


1, 1962 




Position 


Grade 


Number 


S 


19 


801 


S 


10 


802 


S 


7 


601 


S 


4 


602 


S 


4 


603 


S 


4 


604 


S 


4 


605 


S 


14 


2101 


S 


14 


2201 


S 


11 


2102 


S 


9 


2103 


S 


3 


2302 


S 


12 


3101 


S 


7 


3803 


S 


6 


3804 


s 


9 


3901 


J 


7 


3902 



SCHEDULE Bl 
POSITION IDENTIFICATION BY GRADE 

and 

MUNICIPAL DIVISION 

Municipal Division 

Full Time Service 

Position Title and Municipal Division 

General Government 
Town Engineer 
Assistant Town Engineer 
Executive Clerk 
Clerical Assistant (Police) 
Clerical Assistant (Highway) 
Clerical Assistant (Board of Health) 
Clerical Assistant (Treasurer-Collector) 

Protection of Persons and Property 
Chief (Police) 
Chief (Fire) 
Sergeant (Police) 
Patrolman (Police) 
Fire Alarm Operator (Fire) 
Building Inspector 

Health and Sanitation 

Town Nurse (Board of Health) 
Agent (Board of Health) 

Highways 

Superintendent (Highways) 
Equipment Operator, Mechanic and Working 
Forman 

3903 Skilled Laborer, Truck Driver and 

Equipment Operator 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



27 



J 


7 


3904 


T 


6 


3005 


J 


4 


3906 


J 


8 


4402 


I 


7 


4403 


J 


6 


4404 



4203 



Skilled Laborer and Truck Driver 

Skilled Laborer 

Dump Laborer (Highways) 

Cemeteries 

Superintendent (Cemeteries) 
Working Foreman (Cemeteries) 
Skilled Laborer (Cemeteries) 

Libraries 
Librarian 



SCHEDULE C 

POSITION CLASSIFICATION BY GRADE 
APPLICATION OF MASTER VALUES 



April 


1, 


1962 










Part Time Service 


S 


12 


901 


13.5 


$ 2.37 $ 2.48 $ 2.59 $ 2.71 


$ 2.84 










32.00 


33.48 


34.97 


36.59 


38.34 










138.67 


145.08 


151.54 


158.56 


166.14 










1664.00 


1740.96 


1818.44 


1902.68 


1993.63 


S 


10 


*2901 


11.5 


2.12 


2.22 


2.32 


2.43 


2.54 










24.38 


25.53 


26.68 


27.95 


29.21 










105.65 


110.63 


115.61 


121.12 


126.58 










1267.76 


1327.56 


1387.36 


1453.40 


1518.92 






*3808 


10.0 


2.12 


2.22 


2.32 


2.43 


2.54 










21.20 


22.20 


23.20 


24.30 


25.40 










91.87 


96.20 


100.53 


105.30 


110.07 










1102.40 


1154.40 


1206.40 


1263.60 


1320.80 


S 


9 


*3102 


10.0 


1.99 


2.09 


2.18 


2.28 


2.39 










19.90 


20.90 


21.80 


22.80 


23.90 










86.23 


90.57 


94.47 


98.80 


103.57 










1034.80 


1086.80 


1133.60 


1185.60 


1242,80 






4101-2 


15.0 


1.99 


2.09 


2.18 


2.28 


2.39 










29.85 


31.35 


32.70 


34.20 


35.85 










129.35 


135.85 


141.70 


148.20 


155.35 










1552.20 


1630.20 


1700.40 


1778.40 


1864.20 


J 


9 


2501 


Variable 


1.97 


2.06 


2.16 


2.26 


2.36 


J 


8 


2301 


9.0 


1.86 


1.95 


2.04 


2.13 


2.23 






2202 


Variable 


16.74 


17.55 


18.36 


19.17 


20.07 










72.54 


76.05 


79.56 


83.07 


86.97 










870.48 


912.60 


954.72 


996.84 


1043.64 






2604 


Variable 


1.86 


1.95 


2.04 


2.13 


2.23 






2203 














J 


7 


2204 
2205 


Variable 


1.75 


1.83 


1.92 


2.00 


2.10 


S 


7 


2104 
3807 


Variable 


1.74 


1.82 


1.91 


2.00 


2.09 



S 6 3806 Variable 



1.62 



.69 



1.7 



1.85 



1.94 



28 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



J 


5 2605 


Variable 


1.53 


1.60 


1.67 


1.75 


1.83 




3201 


2.5 


1.53 


1.60 


1.67 


1.75 


1.83 








3.83 


4.00 


4.18 


4.38 


4.58 








16.60 


17.33 


18.11 


18.98 


19.85 








199.16 


208.00 


217.36 


227.76 


238.16 




4405 


Variable 


1.53 


1.60 


1.67 


1.75 


1.83 


s 


5 3809 


1.5 


1.49 


1.56 


1.64 


1.71 


1.79 








2.24 


2.34 


2.46 


2.56 


2.69 








9.71 


10.14 


10.66 


11.09 


11.66 








116.48 


121.68 


127.92 


133.12 


139.88 


J 


4 2206 


9.5 


1.41 


1.48 


1.55 


1.62 


1.69 








13.40 


14.06 


14.73 


15.39 


16.06 








58.07 


60.93 


63.83 


66.69 


69.59 








696.80 


731.12 


765.96 


800.28 


835.12 




2001 


29.0 


1.41 


1.48 


1.55 


1.62 


1.69 








40.89 


42.92 


44.95 


46.98 


49.01 








177.19 


185.99 


194.78 


203.58 


212.38 








2126.28 


2231.84 


2337.40 


2442.96 


2548.52 




3907 


5.0 


1.41 


1.48 


1.55 


1.62 


1.69 








7.05 


7.40 


7.75 


8.10 


8.45 








30.55 


32.07 


33.58 


35.10 


36.62 








366.60 


384.80 


403.00 


421.20 


439.40 


s 


4 606 
1401 
1402 
1403 
1404 
1405 


Variable 


1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 




2401 


1.0 


1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 








1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 








5.94 


6.20 


6.50 


6.80 


7.11 








71.24 


74.36 


78.00 


81.64 


85.28 


s 


4 4204 


19.0 


1.37 


1.43 


1.50 


1.57 


1.64 








26.03 


27.17 


28.50 


29.83 


31.16 








112.80 


117.74 


123.50 


129.26 


135.03 








1353.56 


1412.84 


1482.00 


1551.16 


1620.32 


J 


3 4209 


6.0 


1.30 


1.36 


1.43 


1.49 


1.56 








7.80 


8.16 


8.58 


8.94 


9.36 








33.80 


35.36 


37.18 


38.74 


40.56 








405.60 


424.32 


446.16 


464.88 


486.72 


s 


3 1406 
1407 
1408 
4205 


Variable 


1.24 


1.30 


1.36 


1.42 


1.49 




4206 


5.0 


1.24 


1.30 


1.36 


1.42 


1.49 








6.20 


6.50 


6.80 


7.10 


7.45 








26.87 


28.17 


29.47 


30.77 


32.28 








322.40 


338.00 


353.60 


369.20 


387.40 


s 


2 2303 


14.8 


1.12 


1.17 


1.22 


1.28 


1.34 








16.58 


17.32 


18.06 


18.94 


19.83 








71.85 


75.05 


78.26 


82.07 


85.93 



862.16 900.64 939.12 984.88 1031.16 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



29 



2304 7.2 



Unclass. 4302 
Unclass. 4303 
"Informative only — Fee Basis 



1.12 


1.17 


1.22 


1.28 1.34 


8.06 


8.42 


8.78 


9.22 9.65 


34.93 


36.49 


38.05 


39.95 41.82 


419.12 


437.84 


456.56 


479.44 501.80 
240.00/YR. 
1 80.00/ YR. 



April 


1, 


1962 

Position 


Grade 


Number 


S 


12 


901 


S 


4 


606 


S 


4 


1401 


S 


4 


1402 


S 


4 


1403 


S 


4 


1404 


s 


4 


1405 


s 


3 


1406 


s 


3 


1407 


s 


3 


1408 



2001 



s 


10 


2901 


s 


9 


3102 




8 


2202 




9 


2501 




8 


2301 




8 


2604 




8 


2203 




7 


2204 




7 


2205 


s 


7 


2104 




5 


2605 




5 


3201 




4 


2206 


s 


2 


2303 


s 


2 


2304 


s 


4 


2401 



S 10 



3808 



SCHEDULE CI 

POSITION IDENTIFICATION BY GRADE 

and 
MUNICIPAL DIVISION 

Part Time Service 

Position Title and Municipal Division 

General Government 

Town Accountant (P. T.) 

Typist (P. T.) 

Registrar of Voters (P. TO 

Warden (P. T.) 

Deputv Warden (P. TO 

Clerk '(P. T.) 

Deputy Clerk (P. T.) 

Inspector (P. T.) 

Deputy Inspector (P. T.; 

Teller (P. T.) 

Buildings and Grounds 

Custodian (Town Hall) (P. TO 

Protection of Persons and Property 
Inspector of Wires (P. TO 
Deputy Building Inspector (P. T.) 
Deputy Chief (Fire) (Volunteer) (P. T.) 
Moth Superintendent (P. T.) 
Superintendent (Fire Alarm) (P. T.) 
Tree Climber (Skilled) (P. T.) 
Captain (Fire) (Volunteer) (P. T.) 
Lieutenant (Fire) (Volunteer) (P. T.) 
Firefighter (Fire) (Volunteer) (P. TO 
Patrolman (Special) (Police) (P. TO 
Semi-Skilled Laborer (Tree) (P. T.) 
Dog Officer (P. TO 
Custodian (Fire) (P. T.) 
Assistant Fire Alarm Operator (Days) (P. T. 
Assistant Fire Alarm Operator (Nights) (P. TV 
Sealer of Weights and Measurers (P...TO 

Health and Sanitation 

Plumbing Inspector (P. TO 



30 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



S 7 3807 Assistant Town Nurse (P. T.) 

S 6 3806 Assistant Agent (Board of Health) (P. T.) 

S 5 3809 Inspector of Animals (P. T.) 

Highways 
J 4 3907 Dump Laborer (Highways) (Sunday) (P. T.) 

Veteran's Aid 
S 9 4101-2 Veteran's Agent and Director of Veteran's 

Services (P. TO 

Libraries 

S 4 4204 Assistant Librarian (P. T.) 

J 3 4209 Custodian (Library) (P. T.) 

S 3 4205 Library Assistant (P. T.) 

S 3 4206 Librarian (West Acton) (P. TO 

Recreation 

4302 Playground Supervisor (P. T.) 

4303 Instructor (P. TO 

Cemeteries 
J 5 4405 Semi-Skilled Laborer (P. TO 

Voted: the following Resolution: 

WHEREAS plans are being developed for the extension of high ten- 
sion lines for the transmission of electricity through this or neighboring towns; 
and 

WHEREAS the utility company concerned is seeking approval of the 
public authorities for the construction or carrying <>l said lines on overhead 
poles or structures; and 

WHEREAS it is the consensus of this meeting as representing the in- 
habitants of the town of Acton that such overhead construction is objectionable 
because it defaces the countryside; because it is more vulnerable to damage in 
the event of storms or enemy attack; because the growing tendency throughout 
the country for these reasons is to put such lines underground; and because the 
consumers of electricity in this town are already paying in their regular electric 
bills a part of the cost of placing such lines underground in other suburban 
communities and in the more thickly settled areas around Boston; and the 
population density in this as in other suburban communities is rapidly increas- 
ing and may be expected to continue such increase at an accelerating rate: 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: 

That this town is opposed to the extension of such lines on overhead 
structures either in this or neighboring towns; and that the inhabitants of the 
town of Acton favor legislation or any other equitable means which would fa- 
cilitate the placing of high tension lines underground, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: 

That the Selectmen are hereby authorized and instructed to communicate 
this resolution to the Selectmen of Sudburv, Wavland. Maynard and Concord, 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 31 



and to the Legislature and to such other public authorities or bodies as may 
from time to time have occasion to deal with the matter. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: 

Theodosia Lester, Stephen Lord, Paul Sweeney, Edmond McNiff, Sarah 
Hinckley, John McLaughlin, Henry Soar, Theron Lowden, Dorothy Williams. 
Total vote - 382. Yes - 196. No - 186. 



Article 5 

BUDGET 

Voted Unanimously: That the following sums of money be appropriated 
for the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended 
only for those purposes, under the direction of the respective Boards, Commit- 
tees, or Officers of the Town and that the total sum of money be raised in 
the 1962 Tax Levy. 

General Government 

Moderator : 

1. Salary $ 75.00 

Finance Committee: 

2. Expenses 125.00 

Selectmen : 

3. Salaries 1,425.00 

4. Expenses 2,450.00 

5. Legal Services 750.00 

6. Extra Legal Services 2,000.00 

Town Office, Clerical Staff: 

7. Salary and Wages 22,085.00 

Engineering Department: 

8. Salaries 14,410.00 

9. Expenses 2,450.00 

Town Accountant: 

10. Salary 1,895.00 

11. Expenses 400.00 

Treasurer : 

12. Salary 3,120.00 

13. Expenses 1,000.00 

Town Collector: 

14. Salarv 2,615.00 

15. Expenses 1,300.00 

Town Assessors: 

16: Salaries 4,690.00 

17. Expenses 1,000.00 

Town Clerk: 

18. Salaries 1,892.00 

19. Expenses 500.00 



32 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Election and Registration: 

20. Salaries and Wages 3,250.00 

21. Expenses 2,000.00 

Planning Board: 

22. Expenses 1,500.00 ' 

Board of Appeals: 

23. Expenses 50.00 

Industrial Development Commission: 

24. Expenses 500.00 

Conservation Commission : 

25. Expenses 400.00 

Town Report Committee: 

26. Expenses 3,300.00 

Archives Committee: 

27. Expenses 150.00 

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee: 

28. Expenses 1,000.00 

Buildings and Grounds 

29. Salaries and Wages 5,105.00 

30. Expenses 6,535.00 

Miscellaneous : 

31. Expenses 1,000.00 

Total General Government $ 88,972.00 



Protection of Persons and Property 

Police Department: 

32. Salaries and Wages 50,615.00 

33. Expenses 7,675.00 

Fire Department: 

34. Salaries and Wages 17,510.00 

35. Expenses 11,135.00 

Fire Alarm System: 

36. Salaries and Wages 6,455.00 

37. Expenses 2,900.00 

38. Fire Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures: 

39. Salary and Travel 365.00 

40. Expenses 50.00 

Moth Department: 

41. Wages 3,825.00 

42. Expenses 1,700.00 

Town Forest Committee : 

43. Maintenance 100.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 33 



Tree Department: 

44. Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 

45. Wages . 3,210.00 

46. Expenses 1,520.00 

Wire Inspector: 

47. Wages and Travel 2,000.00 

48. Expenses 100.00 

Building Inspector: 

49. Wages and Travel 4,000.00 

50. Expenses 150.00 

Dog Officer: 

51. Wages and Travel 520.00 

Building Committee: 

52. Expenses 50.00 

Civilian Defense: 

53. Expenses 360.00 



Total Protection of 

Persons and Property $ 127,265.00 



Health and Sanitation 

Board of Health: 

54. Salaries 275.00 

55. Expenses 1,500.00 

56. Secretary, Salary 810.00 

57. Town Nurse, Salary 4,315.00 

58. Town Nurse, Expenses 1,210.00 

59. Part Time Nurse, Wages 730.00 

60. Agent and Part Time Agent, Wages 4,520.00 

61. Laboratory Fees 500.00 

62. Hospital and Sanitorium 1,500.00 

63. Medical Supplies 250.00 

64. School Clinic 1,000.00 

65. Garbage Collector 11,765.00 

66. Inspector of Animals, Salary 150.00 

67. Inspector of Animals, Expenses 30.00 

68. Plumbing Inspector, Wages 2,400.00 

69. Mosquito Control 4,500.00 

Total Health and Sanitation $ 35,455.00 



Highways 

70. Village Highways 5,500.00 

71. Drainage 12,000.00 

72. Chapter 81 Highways 13,575.00 

73. Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

74. Snow Removal .' 32,500.00 

75. Traffic Signs and Lines 3,075.00 



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76. Vacations and Holidays 2,620.00 

77. Sidewalk Maintenance 800.00 

78. Highway Machinery Maintenance 6,500.00 

79. Street Lighting ....'. 15,175.00 

80. Town Dump 6,070.00 

Total Highways $ 99,815.00 



Charities 

81. District and Local Welfare 

Administration Salaries 1 ,800.00 

82. Public Assistance 55,000.00 

Total Charities $ 56,800.00 



Veteran's Aid 

Veteran's Benefits and Services: 

83. Salary 1,575.00 

84: Expenses 275.00 

85. Aid „ 12,500.00 



Total Benefits and Services $ 14,350.00 



Education 

Local Schools: 

86. Instruction 323,244.00 

87. Textbooks and Supplies 23,632.00 

88. Plant Operation 37,275.00 

89. Blanchard Auitorium 9,100.00 

90. Maintenance of Plants 3,100.00 

91. Auxiliary Agencies 34,850.00 

92. General Control 10,150.00 

93. Capital Outlay 2,960.00 

94. Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

Total Local School $ 445,311.00 

Regional School: 

95. Instruction 264,274.31 

96. Textbooks and Supplies 16,836.64 

97. Plant Operation 33,958.12 

98. Maintenance 2,233.03 

99. Auxiliary Agencies , 14,515.59 

100. Transportation 14,445.20 

101. General Control 10,757.66 

102. Outlay 2,030.69 

103. Blanchard Auditorium Lease 5,362.56 

104. Athletic Fund 2,957.62 



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105. Contingency Fund 



Total Regional School 
Total Education 



350.86 



367,722.28 
813,033.28 



Library 

106. Salaries and Wages 

107. Expenses 

108. Books 

Total Libraries 



7,390.00 
1,760.00 
2,400.00 



$ 11,550.00 



Recreation 

Playgrounds : 

109. Wages 

110. Expenses 

Total Recreation 



1,440.00 
500.00 



$ 1,940.00 



Cemeteries 

111. Salaries and Wages 

112. Expenses 

Total Cemeteries 



15,955.00 
3,050.00 



19,005.00 



Insurance 

113. Workman's Compensation 

114. Surety Bonds 

115. Fire Insurance, Town Buildings 

116. Boiler and Machinery Insurance 

117. Motor Vehicle Insurance 

118. Money and Securities, All Risks 

119. Group Health Insurance 

Total Insurance 



4,500.00 
700.00 

8,775.00 
700.00 

3,295.00 
150.00 

6,500.00 



S 24,620.00 



Pensions 

120. Pension Fund 

121. Expenses 

122. Military Service Fund 

Total Pensions 



11,313.00 

636.98 

6.17 



$ 11,956.15 



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Maturing Debt and Interest 

Regional School: 

123. Maturing Debt 42,370.00 

124. Interest , . 38,707.75 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School: 

125. Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

126. Interest 3,100.00 

New Elementary School: 

127. Maturing Debt 45,000.00 

128. Interest 23,760.00 

West Acton Fire Station: 

129. Maturing Debt 12,000.00 

130. Interest 396.00 

South Acton Fire Station: 

131 Maturing Debt 12,000.00 

132. Interest 1,500.00 

Anticipation of Revenue - Notes: 

133. Interest 600.00 

Miscellaneous Interest: 

134. Interest ~ 800.00 

Total Maturing Debt and Interest .. $ 195,233.75 

Total Budget to be raised 

and appropriated $1,499,995.18 



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Art. 


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Special Articles 

School Land - Kazokas $ 8,000.00 

School Land - Jenks 31,250.00 

Demolish Center School 2,376.00 

New Police Officer 2,500.00 

Cruisers 4,500.00 

Chapter 90 

New Construction — Main Street 6,850.00 

Snow Plow 850.00 

Intersection Parker St. & 

Independence Rd 1,200.00 

West and South Water Supply 

District - Hosmer Street 200.00 

Vocational Tuition and 

Transportation 4,500.00 

Cemetery - Truck 3,000.00 

Office Furniture and Equipment .... 1,750.00 

Offices 5,000.00 

Gas Disposal Unit 250.00 

Records — Reg. of Deeds 

and Pantograph 3,500.00 



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Art. 55. Operate, Repair and Maintain 

Citizens' Library 300.00 

Art. 56. Operate Citizens' Library 300.00 

Art. 57. Stabilization Fund 10,000.00 

Art. 58. Fire Alarm Extension — 

Martin St. etc 4,400.00 

Art. 59. Emergency Generator — 

West Fire Station 1,900.00 

Art. 60. Hydrant - Pope Road 1,000.00 

Art. 61. Library — Catalog unit etc 492.00 

Art. 62. Sign-O-Meter - Treasurer 385.00 

Art. 64. Raincoats and Boots — 

Aux. Fire Dept 435.00 

Art. 67. Water Safety Account 600.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Special Articles $ 95,538.00 

Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue 

To 

Art. 41. Highways 41,975.00 

Art. 43. Conservation Fund 6,455.45 

Art. 66. Playgrounds — move fence 400.00 

Art. 70. Reserve Fund (Overlay Surplus) .... 10,000.00 

Art. 71. Budget 54,000.00 



$ 112,830.45 



Other Transfers 

Art. 39. From Machinery Fund 

To Shovel Loader , 18,350.00 

Art 46. From Cemetery Land Fund 

To Woodlawn Cemetery 2,000.00 

Art. 69. From Elementary School Building Account 

To Julia McCarthy School 

Addition Account 729.33 

$ 21,079.33 
Grand Total $1,729,442.96 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:18 P. M. until 7:30 P. M. Tuesday, March 
13, 1962. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, 
March 13, 1962 



Article 6 

BORROW MONEY 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval 
of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in anticipation 



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of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1962, and to issue 
a note, or notes therefore payable within one year and to renew any note, or 
notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with 
Section 17, Chapter 44, of the General Laws. 



Article 7 

SCHOOL LAND 

Motion: That the Town authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take hv 
eminent domain or otherwise acquire, for school purposes a piece of land, 
approximately two and one half acres in size, or any portion thereof, located 
east of the intersection of Arlington Street and Route 2, presently owned by 
William C. Kazokas and as shown on, "Plan of Land in Acton, Mass., dated 
January 18, 1962, by George E. Hayes, C. E., of Melrose, Mass".: or more 
particularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point of intersection of the easterly side line of Arlington 
Street and a stone wall, said point being approximately 1,600 feet northeast 
from the intersection of the northerly side line of Route 2, with the easterlv 
side line of Arlington Street and measured along said Arlington Street; thence 
approximately 300 feet running south-southeasterly along a stone wall to a 
drill hole at an intersection of three stone walls, thence approximately 960 
feet in a south-southwesterly direction along a stone wall, thence approximately 
80 feet in a north-westerly direction to the easterlv side line of said Arlington 
Street, thence approximately 1,200 feet in a north-northeasterly direction along 
the easterly side line of said Arlington Street to the point of beginning. 

And that the sum of $8,000 be raised and appropriated for the purchase 
of this land. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Theodosia Lester, Stephen 
Lord, Paul Sweeney, John McLaughlin, Henry Soar, Theron Lowden, Caroline 
F. Brown, Dorothy Williams. 

Total Vote 449. Yes - 281. No - 168. 

Needed to Carry — 299 + . Motion Lost. 



Article 41 

CHAPTER 81 AND 90 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, 
the sum of $41,975.00, provided that the reimbursement from the State's and 
County's Allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90, be credited back 
to the Surplus Revenue Account as follows: 

Chapter 81 - Maintenance State $18,425.00 

Chapter 90 — Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 - Maintenance County 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 - New Construction State 13,700.00 

Chapter 90 - New Construction County 6,850.00 

$41,975.00 



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Article 42 

WATER DISTRICT 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 as its contribution 
to the Water Supply District of Acton (or West and South Water Supply Dis- 
trict of Acton) toward the cost of extending a six inch water main from Hos- 
mer Street to the Acton Town Dump on Massachusetts Avenue. 



Article 43 

CONSERVATION FUND 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $6,455.45, for 
the purpose of establishing a Conservation Fund. 

Article 8 

SCHOOL LAND 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain 
or otherwise acquire, for school purposes a parcel of land, approximately 24.9 
acres in size, located east of the intersection of Arlington Street and Route 2, 
owned by Porter G. Jenks and as shown on "Plan of land in Acton, Mass., 
dated January 18, 1962, by George E. Hayes, C. E. of Melrose, Mass.," or more 
particularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the intersection of two stone walls, the first one 
running in a northeasterly direction approximately 100 feet east of, and paral- 
lel to, the center line of Arlington Street, the second one running in a south- 
easterly direction; said point being located approximately 200 feet northeast 
of the side line of Route 2 measured at a right angle to said side line of Route 2; 
thence 419.19 feet in a southeasterly direction along said stone wall to a 
corner, thence 630.58 feet, also in a southeasterly direction, to a pile of stones, 
thence approximately 1,750 feet in a north-northeasterly direction to a drill 
hole in a stone wall, thence 532.62 feet in a west-southwesterly direction along 
said stone wall to a drill hole at an intersection of three stone walls, thence 
1,219.78 feet in a south-southwesterly direction along previously mentioned 
stone wall to the point of beginning. 

And that the sum of $31,250.00 be raised and appropriated for the pur- 
chase of this land. 

Total Vote 452. Yes - 327. No - 125. 

Needed to Carry - 301. 

Voted: To take up Article 44. 

Article 44 

VOCATIONAL 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,500.00, for the payment 
of vocational tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chapter 
74 of the General Laws. 



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Article 45 

CEMETERY TRUCK 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00, for the purchase 
of a truck for the Cemetery Department, and to authorize the Cemetery Com- 
missioners to purchase the same. 



Article 46 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 from the Cemetery Land 
Fund for Woodlawn Cemetery, for the purpose of clearing, grading and laying 
out new sections for the cemetery lots and to authorize said Cemetery Com- 
missioner's to do anything, necessary, proper or expedient for carrying out the 
above purposes. 

Article 49 

TOWN HALL 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,750.00 for the purchase 
of office furniture and equipment for the Town Hall, including desks, chairs, 
typewriters and stands. 

Article 50 

TOWN HALL 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000, for the purpose of 
rearranging the offices and to construct additional offices and to recondition 
or rebuild the toilets in the Town Hall. 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 
14, 1962. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, 
March 14, 1962. 

Voted: To reconsider Article 7. 



Article 7 

SCHOOL LAND 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by 
eminent domain or otherwise acquire, for school purposes a piece of land, ap- 
proximately two and one half acres in size, or any portion thereof, located east 
of the intersection of Arlington Street and Route 2, presently owned bv Wil- 
liam C. Kazokas and as shown on, "Plan of Land in Acton, Mass., dated Jan- 
uary 18, 1962, by George E. Hayes, C. E., of Melrose, Mass".: or more par- 
ticularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point of intersection of the easterly side line of Arlington 
Street and a stone wall, said point being approximately 1,600 feet northeast 



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from the intersection of the northerly side line of Route 2, with the easterly 
side line of Arlington Street and measured along said Arlington Street; thence 
approximately 300 feet running south-southeasterly along a stone wall to a 
drill hole at an intersection of three stone walls, thence approximately 960 feet 
in a south-southwesterly direction along a stone wall, thence approximately SO 
feet in a north-westerly direction to the easterly side line of said Arlington 
Street, thence approximately 1,200 feet in a north-northeasterly direction along 
the easterly side line of said Arlington Street to the point of beginning. 

And that the sum of $8,000.00 be raised and appropriated for the pur- 
chase of this land. 



Article 9 

SCHOOL LAND 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Selectmen to enter into an op- 
tion agreement for a period of five years to acquire for school purposes an 
additional thirty-five acres of land, or any part thereof, adjoining the premises 
to be acquired under Article 8 at a price of $1,250.00 per acre. 



Article 10 
Motion: To lay on table subject to call or the Chair. Voted. 
Voted: To take up Article 51. 

Article 5 1 

DISPOSAL UNIT 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum or $250.00, tor the purchase 
and installation of a gas disposal unit for the Town Hall. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Sarah Hinckley, Caroline F. 
Brown, Theodosia Lester, Henry Soar, Paul Sweeney, Stephen Lord, John Mc- 
Laughlin, Richmond Miller, Theron A. Lowden, Jean Williamson. 

Total Vote 282. Yes - 159. No - 123. 



Article 52 
COMPILED BY-LAWS 

Voted: To pass over Article. 

Article 53 

ASSESSORS" MAP 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of S3, 500.00, for the acquisition 
of copies of plans and deeds from the Registrv of Deeds, the Land Court and 
the Probate Court and for the purchase of a pantograph, all of the above iteim 



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to be used in the preparation of an Assessors' Map to be made by the Engineer 
ing Department. 

Voted: To take up Article 61. 



Article 61 

LIBRARY 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $492.00 for card 
catalog unit, bookcase, electric wiring repairs and installations of emergency 
light for Acton Memorial Library. 

Voted: To take up Article 62. 



Article 62 

SIGN-O-METER 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $385.00, for the purchase 
of an electric Sign-O-Meter, for the Treasurer. 
Voted: To take up Article 63. 

Article 63 

MONUMENT 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $440.00, to install elec- 
trical wiring to light the Davis Monument. 

Total 360. Yes - 172. No - 188. 

Motion lost. 

Article 10 

RECREATION LAND 

Motion: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase, take by emin 
ent domain, or otherwise acquire for recreational purposes one parcel of land 
with the buildings thereon, situated in the Central part of Acton, on the East- 
erly side of Woodbury Lane and described approximately as follows: 

Beginning at a point of intersection of the easterly line of Woodbury Lane 
and the eastward projection of the northerly line of Minuteman Road, thence 
approximately 225 feet in a northwesterly direction along easterly line of said 
Woodbury Lane, thence approximately 450 feet in an east-north-easterlv di- 
rection along a stone wall, b'v land now or formerly of Frank W. Putnam Jr. 
& Norma E. Putnam, thence approximately 275 feet in a south-easterly di- 
rection along a stone wall by land now or formerly of Norman G. Collins & 
Frances L. Collins to existing stone bound, thence approximately 420 feet in 
a west-southwesterly direction by land now or formerly of the Town of Acton, 
locally known as Goward Field and/or Highway Yard behind the Acton Town 
Hall, to point of beginning. Containing in all about two and one half acres 
more or less. And that the sum of $21,200.00 (Twenty One Thousand Two 
Hundred and No/lOOths Dollars) be raised and appropriated therefor, said 



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sum to be applicable to the cost of land and the buildings and to any costs in 
connection with the acquisition thereof. Said land after acquistion to be held 
under control of the Recreation Commission. 

Total 402. Yes - 103. No - 299. 

Need to carry — 268. Motion lost. 

Voted: To take up Article 64. 

Article 64 

FIRE 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $435.00. for 
the purchase of raincoats and boots for the auxiliary fire department. 

Articles 11, 12, 13 & 14 
Voted: To pass over these Articles. 

Article 15 

Motion: To transfer the care, custody, management and control of the 
Acton Center School site, located on Main Street in said Acton Center, from 
the school committee to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of using said 
property as the site of a police station. 

Voted: To amend motion by striking out "as the site of a police sta- 
tion" and replace with "as an historic site". 

Total vote 351. Yes - 246. No - 105. 

Voted: To transfer the care, custody, management and control of the 
Acton Center School site, located on Main Street in said Acton Center, from 
the school committee to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of using said 
property as an historic site. 

Total 356. Yes - 266. No - 90. 

Needed to carrv — 237. 

Voted: To adjourn at 10:50 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Mondav, March 
19, 1962. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on Monday. 
March 19, 1962. 



Article 16 

SCHOOL 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,376.00, to be expended 
by the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of demolishing or otherwise dis 
posing of the old Acton Center School so-called. 



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RESOLUTION 

Be it resolved that the Planning board and Building Committee be in- 
structed to conduct such joint study and investigation as necessary to deter- 
mine the most desirable site for the location of a police station and report 
their findings and recommendations at the next annual town meeting. 

Article 17 
Voted: To pass over article. 

Article 18 

ZONING BY-LAW 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by deleting Section II, subsection A, and inserting in place thereof the fol- 
lowing new section: 

A. NON-CONFORMING AND INCOMPATIBLE USE 

1. Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the continued lawful use 
land or buildings in the same or similar manner in which they 
were used at the time of the adoption or subsequent amendment 
of this By-Law. 

2. No extension of the non-conforming or incompatible use of a 
structure or land may be made. 

3. A non-conforming or incompatible use which has been discon- 
tinued for a period of more than two years may not be resumed. 

4. Necessary repairs, alterations or reconstruction of a non-conform- 
ing or incompatible structure after damage by a fire, storm or 
similar disaster are permitted; provided they are accomplished 
without undue delay and if the cost does not exceed 75% of the 
current market value of the structure prior to such damage, as 
determined by the Building Inspector in consultation with com- 
petent Appraisers. 

Voted: To amend motion as follows: that the word "of" be added thereto 
between the words "use" and "land" at the end of line one and the beginning 
of line two under A-l, and that the words "and incompatible" and "or incom- 
patible" be deleted from wherever they shall appear therein. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Caroline F. Brown, Sarah M. 
Hinckley, Theron A. Lowden, Jean M. Williamson, Stephen Lord, John Mc- 
Laughlin, Henry Soar, Theodosia Lester, Richmond P. Miller, Jr., Dorothv 
Williams. 

Total vote 404. Yes - 200. No - 204. 

Needed to carrv — 270. Motion as amended lost. 

Article 34 

POLICE 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00, and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to appoint two (2) additional police officers. 



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Voted: To amend motion by striking out $5,000.00 and insert $2,500.00; 
and by striking out two (2) and insert one (1) additional police officer. 

Total 422. Yes - 289. No - 133. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00, and authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to appoint one (1) additional police officer. 



Article 19 

ZONING BY-LAW 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding to Section II, Subsection D the following "Tem- 
porary signs for religious, educational, and other non-commercial uses may be 
allowed bv the Board of Selectmen." 



Article 20 thru 33 
Voted: That Articles 20 thru 33 be laid on the table. 
Total 430. Yes - 310. No - 120. 

Article 35 

CRUISERS 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,500.00, for the purchase 
of two (2) police cruisers and authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer 
one of the present cruisers to the Engineering Department and to sell or other- 
wise dispose of the second cruiser. 



Article 36 

CHAPTER 90 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $6,850.00, for 
Chapter 90 Construction on Main Street and Central Street; said money to 
be used in conjunction with $6,850.00 to be allotted bv the Countv and 
$13,700.00 to be allotted by the State. 



Article 37 

SIDEWALK 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to spend the balance of 
$2,862.75 appropriated under Article 39 of the 1961 Annual Town Meeting 
for the purpose of extending the sidewalk along the westerly side of Main 
Street to Kellev's Corner. 



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Article 38 

SNOWPLOW 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $850.00, for 
the purchase of a new snow plow for the Highway Department and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of an old plow. 



Article 39 

LOADER 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from Machinery Fund the sum of 
$18,350.00, for the purchase of a new shovel loader for the Highway Depart- 
ment and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of the 
present shovel loader. 



Article 40 

ROADS 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,200.00, 
to widen the intersection of Parker Street and Independence Road, according 
to a proposed street layout. 



Article 47 

SEWAGE DISPOSAL 

Motion: To authorize the moderator to appoint a representative Town 
sewerage committee to studv the increasing sewage disposal problem and the 
avenues of approach to Federal aid and consultation services for the best 
solution of the problem in the immediate and long range future. Said com- 
mittee to be known as the Acton Sewerage Committee and to consist of one 
CO member from the Board of Selectmen, one CO member from the Board 
of Health, one CO member from the Planning Board, the Town Engineer, and 
one CO member from the Town at large. This committee to submit its report 
to the Board of Health. 

Voted: To amend the motion by striking out in the last sentence "Board 
of Health" and inserting "Town". 

Motion: To strike out "one member from the Board of Selectmen," "one 
member from the Planning Board" and "one member from the Town at large" 
and insert "three members from the Town at large". Motion Lost. 

Original motion as amended — Lost. 



Article 48 
SEWAGE 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 



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Article 54 

CITIZENS LIBRARY 

Voted: To accept the gift of the property of The Citizens' Library As- 
sociation of West Acton, Mass., located at the corner of Pearl Street and Wind- 
sor Avenue in the West part of Acton, Mass. Part of the property has been used 
as the West Branch of the Acton Memorial Library, and that the gift be cov- 
ered by the following conditions: 

1. That the Town of Acton continue to operate the said property 
in accordance with the purposes, and under the name of the Citizens' 
Library Association of West Acton. 

2. That the Town of Acton shall elect, at the annual town meeting, 
a Board of three (3) Trustees in the following manner: One (1) Trustee 
for one (1) year; One (1) Trustee for two (2) years; One (1) Trustee 
for three (3) years, and thereafter the said Trustees are to be elected 
at the expiration of the aforesaid terms for a period of three (3) years. 

3. That in the event the Town of Acton shall at any annual town 
meeting, by a four-fifths vote, vote to discontinue, transfer and/or sell 
the said property or anv part thereof, anv proceeds are to be turned over 
to the Board of Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library who will estab- 
lish a fund to be known as "West Acton Citizens' Library Fund" the in- 
come of which to be used for purchasing books for the Acton Memorial 
Library. 

Voted: To elect the following trustees: Percival Wood. 1 year, Barbara 
Nylander, 2 years, James E. Kinsley, 3 years. 



Article 55 

CITIZENS LIBRARY 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00 to operate, repair. 
and for the maintenance of the Library at the Citizens' Library Association ot 
West Acton. 



Article 5(> 

CITIZENS LIBRARY 

Voted Unanimously To raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00 to 
operate the Citizens' Library Association West Branch of The Acton Memorial 
Library. 



Article 57 

STABILIZATION FUND 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of S 10.000.00. tor a Stabili/.i 
tion Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General laws. Chapter 40. Section 5-B. 



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Article 5 8 

FIRE ALARM 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,400.00, 
to extend the fire alarm network along Martin Street, Stow Street, Robbins 
Street and Liberty Street; also install seven (7) alarm boxes. 

Article 59 

GENERATOR - FIRE 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,900.00, to purchase and 
install an emergency generator at the West Acton Fire Station. 

Article 60 

HYDRANT 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, 
to install a fire hydrant on Pope Road for fire protection. 

Article 65 

BY-LAW 

Voted Unanimously: To dissolve the present Memorial Dav Committee, 
and establish in its stead a Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, 
by adoption of the following bv-law. 

"PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE" 

Section 8 

1 . There is hereby established a Public Ceremonies and Celebra- 
tions Committee to be appointed bv and responsible to the Board of Select- 
men and whose powers, duties and responsibilities are as hereinafter 
provided. 

2. Immediately following the effective date of this by-law, the Board 
of Selectmen shall appoint a Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Com- 
mittee consisting of six (6) members. The initial terms of the aforedesig- 
nated committee members shall be two for one (1) year, two for two 
(2) years and two for three (3) years as designated by said Board of 
Selectmen. Upon the expiration of each of the aforesaid terms, appoint- 
ments to this Committee shall each be for a term of three (3) years. 

3. The Committee shall have complete charge under the direction 
of the Board of Selectmen of all public ceremonies and celebrations held 
in the Town of Acton and in which the Town of Acton participates un- 
less the Town shall by the vote of anv regular or special Town Meeting 
provide otherwise. 

4. Immediately following the appointment of the members of this 
committee, they shall organize and elect a chairman and clerk. The clerk 
of said Committee shall thereupon notify the Board of Selectmen of the 
aforesaid actiorl. Said Committee mav reorganize its officers at anv time 
and the clerk shall notify the Board of Selectmen accordinglv. The con- 
currence of a majority of the Committee shall be necessary to make any 



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act of the Committee effective. The Board of Selectmen may remove any 
member of the Committee for cause after due notice and hearing. 

5. The Committee, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
shall have the authority to appoint sub-committees for special events. 

6. The members of the Committee shall serve without compen- 
sation. 

Article 66 

RECREATION 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum 
of $400.00, to move from the old Acton Center School, 322 feet of chain 
link fence to Jones Field and the purchase of additional link fence for safety 
reasons, said fence to run parallel to Fort Pond Brook. 

Article 67 

WATER SAFETY 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, for 
the support of the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the 
Red Cross and the School Department. 

Article 68 

BUILDING BY-LAW 

Motion: To amend the present Building By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by striking out under Section 2, "Paragraph A. The Inspector's compensation 
shall be the fees collected for permits or any portion thereof as determined by 
the Selectmen." and inserting in place thereof the following: "A. The In- 
spector's compensation shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen." 

Voted: To amend motion by striking out "Board of Selectmen" and in- 
serting in place thereof "by Personnel By-Law." 

Total vote 301. Yes - 119. No - 182. 

Needed to carry — 201. Motion Lost. 

Article 69 

SCHOOL 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer the unexpended balance of $729.33 m 
the Elementary School Building Account to an account to be known as the 
Julia McCarthy School Addition Account. 

Article 70 

RESERVE FUND 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from Overlay Surplus the sum of 
$10,000.00 for a Reserve Fund pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 
6, of the General Laws. 



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Article 7 1 

BUDGET 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate and transfer $54,000.00 from Sur- 
plus Revenue (Free Cash) to be used by the Assessors in considering and fix- 
ing the tax rate for the Town for the calendar vear 1962. 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:10 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 

Amendment to the Zoning By-Law (Article 19) and By-Law (Article 65) 
adopted by the Town at the Annual Town Meeting March 12. 1962 were ap- 
proved by Attorney General E. f. McCormack. Jr. on September 12, 1962. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

October 8, 1 962 

Aktkli 1 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $45,000.00, or any other sum. to be expended by the 
Town Building Committee for the purpose or hiring an architect. Said architect 
to be hired for the purpose of making architectural working drawings tor a 
contemplated twenty (20) room elementarv school to be located off Arlington 
Street on land owned bv the Town, or take anv other action relative thereto. 

Motion: To transfer the sum of $15,000.00, to be expended by the Town 
Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect; said sum to be 
provided by transfer from the School Department Instruction account to the 
Building Committee account; Said architect to be hired for the purpose of 
making architertural working drawings for a contemplated twenty (20) room 
elementary school to be located off Arlington Street on land owned bv the Town. 

Motion to accept Resolution as follows: 

Resolve: That we consider whether we have a one or two storv building 
and whether we use our present sites or the area we have in reserve. 

Motion Lost. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Clyde Home, Paul Sweeney, 
Mrs. Theodosia Lester, William Holway, Thomas Wetherbee and Albert 
Foster. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $15,000.00, to be expended by the Town 
Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect; Said sum to be 

grovided by transfer from the School Department Instruction account to the 
uilding Committee account; Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making 



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architectural working drawings for a contemplated twenty (20) room elementary 
school to be located off Arlington Street on land owned by the Town. 

Hand Vote. Total-200. Yes- 170. No-30. 

Voted: To adjourn at 9:17 P.M. 
A true copy. Attest; 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

December 17, 1962 

Article 1 

BETTERMENT ACT 

Voted unanimously: To accept the provisions of Chapter 80 (Betterment 
Act) of the General Laws ( Tercentenary Edition) in its entirety with all 
amendments thereto to date, a copy of which is on file in the Town Hall. 

Article 2 

STABILIZATION 

Voted: To transfer from Surplus Revenue the sum of $63,500.00, for rhe 
Stabilization Fund. 



Article 3 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 4 

TANK AND PUiMP 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $250.00 from the Machinery Fund for 
the purchasing and installation of a 2000 gallon tank and pump for the High- 
way Department. 

Article 5 

SAND SPREADER 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $1800.00 from the Machinery Fund 
for the purchase of a Sand Spreader and authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
sell, trade-in or otherwise dispose of an old one. 



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Article 6 

POLICE 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the $2500.00 appropriated 
under Article 34 of the 1962 Annual Town Meeting to the Salaries and Wages 
Account of the Police Department. 



Article 7 

M. P. MOORE GIFT 

Voted unanimously: To accept, with the gratitude of the Town, the gift 
under the will of the late Mildred Pope Moore of $2000.00, "the income to be 
used for the purchase of books for the Wilde Memorial Library." 



Article 8 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out bv the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Whittier Drive, 1,701.62 feet from Hosmer Street 

' Bromfield Road, 566.82 feet from Whittier Drive including the 
takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where 
shown on said plans. 



Article 9 

Voted: To accept, subject to installation of Fire Alarm Box, the following 
streets, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Sub- 
division Control Law and as laid out bv the Board of Selectmen according to 
plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Paul Revere Road, 1,859.14 feet from Betsy Ross Circle 

Ethan Allen Drive, 499.45 feet from Paul Revere Road 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 



Article 10 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out bv the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Agawam Road, 1,151.57 feet from previously accepted to Elm Street 

Quaboag Road, 758.10 feet from previously accepted to Agawam Road 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 



Article 1 1 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 






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Article 12 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 
Doris Road, 495.96 feet from Beverlv Road 

Francine Road, 890.85 feet from Doris Road 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 13 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Birch Ridge Road, 303.28 feet from Arlington Street 

Cherry Ridge Road, 789.75 feet from Birch Ridge Road 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 14 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 15 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Duggan Road, 1,726.87 feet from previously accepted to Willow Street 
Olde Lantern Road, 300.00 feet from westerly side line 
Duggan Road, West 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 

purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 16 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 17 

Voted: To transfer from item 85 of 1962 Budget the sum of $2,250.00 
to the Fire Department, Salaries and Wages Account. 

Article 18 

Voted: To transfer from Highway Machinery Fund, the sum of $500.00 
to the Highway Machinery Maintenance Account. 

Article 19 

Voted: To transfer from item 85 of 1962 Budget, the sum of $500.00 
to the Elections and Registrations, Salaries and Wages Account. 



54 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Article 20 

Motion: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of Acton by 
iriserting the following: 

SECTION 4, Subsection B 

B. Applications tor permits for construction of new buildings, and for 
external additions to existing buildings must be accompanied by a 
Plot Plan as described below. 

For any other applications covering the repair, alteration, re- 
modeling, and conversion of existing structures, the Building Inspector 
can require that it be accompanied by a Plot Plan it, in his opinion, 
such a Plot Plan is necessary. 

Such a Plot Plan must be prepared and signed by a registered 
Massachusetts Land Surveyor or Civil Engineer, showing the actual 
dimensions of the lot to be built upon, the streets upon which it 
abuts, the locations of street lines and property lines and of easements 
within the lot or abutting thereon, the dimensions and locations of 
all buildings and structures then upon the lot and the dimensions 
and locations of all buildings or structures proposed to be constructed, 
altered or repaired, with off-set distances from all street and property 
lines and from existing buildings and structures on the lot. The 
Building Inspector may require such additional information as he 
may deem necessarv for the enforcement of this By-Law, the Zoning 
By-Law, the sub-division control law and other applicable laws, by- 
laws, rules and regulations. 

SECTION 4, Subsection C: 

C. For any construction approved hereafter, the applicant must file with 
the Building Inspector a Survey Record on forms supplied bv the 
Building Inspector at the time when the foundation forms have 
been placed, but before the concrete is poured, or in the case of stone 
or block foundation walls, after the first course of such foundation 
wall has been laid. Such Survey Record shall be accompanied by an 
affidavit of the Registered Surveyor or Civil Engineer, that the lot 
corners, lot lines, dimensions, off-sets, and locations of easements, 
buildings, structures, sewerage works, leaching fields, wells, existing 
and proposed streets, are correct as shown on the Survey Record and 
comply with the applicable provisions of the Zoning By-Law and of 
this By-Law. No work shall be carried beyond this point unless 
written approval has been obtained from the Building Inspector. All 
Survey Records shall be kept on file with the Building Inspector and 
will be made available to all property owners for the purpose of deter- 
mining the location of buried installations. 

Voted: lo amend Section 4 Subsection C of motion by strikino out in 
line 3 "foundation forms" and insert "footings or foundations". 

Voted: To pass over motion as amended. 



Article 21 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding to Section II the following subsection F: 



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F. MUNICIPAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL OR 
CONSERVATION USES. 

Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the development of any hind 
in any district for municipal, educational, religious, historical or con- 
servation use. Such use shall not be exempt from the general or 
specific regulations of this By-Law other than the Use Regulations. 

Article 22 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton 
by adding to Section II the following subsection: 

G. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS 

No land or building shall be used or occupied in any manner as to 
create any dangerous, injurious, noxious or otherwise objectionable 
fire, explosion, radioactive or other hazard; noise or vibration; smoke, 
dust, odor or other form of air pollution; electrical or other disturbance; 
glare, liquid or solid refuse or wastes. 

Moderator appointed the followin tellers: William L. Kingman, Harold 
W. Flood, Stephen E. Lord, Theo. C. Lester, Sarah M. Hinckley, Lawrence P. 
Wilder. 

Hand vote. Total- J 91. Yes- 120 No-71 

Needed to carry— 128. 

Motion lost. 

Article 23 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by adding to Section II the following subsection H: 

H. ACCESSORY BUILDINGS 

No accessory building or structure shall be located within the re- 
quired front yard area nor within ten (10) feet of any lot line. 

Article 24 

Voted unanimously. To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town by deleting subsection A of Section III and inserting in place thereof the 

following new subsection: 

A. TYPES OF DISTRICTS 

For the purposes of this By-Law the Town of Acton is hereby 
divided into the following types and classes of Districts. Reference in 
the text shall be to the symbol in the right hand column indicated 

below. 

1. RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS 

a. Residence 1 (min. 40,000 sq. ft.) R-l 

b. Residence 2 (Min. 20,000 sq. ft.) R-2 

2. BUSINESS DISTRICTS 

a. General Business B-l 

3. INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS 

a. General Industrial 1-1 



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Article 25 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton "'"by deleting Section IV, subsections A. B. and C. and inserting 
in place thereof, the following Section IV: 

IV. USE REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 

1. In Residential, Business and Industrial Districts no building 
or structure shall be erected or used and no premises shall be 
used except as set forth in sub-paragraphs B. C. and D. of 
use regulations herein. 

2. Permitted uses and uses allowed under special permit by the 
Board of Appeals, as provided in Section VI, shall be in con- 
formity with the provisions of Section II and V of this 
By-Law. 

3. Residential and Business uses existing in Industrial Districts 
prior to Decembr 17, 1962 shall be considered non-conform- 
ing, but shall be permitted the same respective privileges as 
permitted in Section III Al or Section III A2. 

B. Residential and Agricultural Districts 

1. In a Residential and Agricultural District a building or 
premise may be erected, altered, or used for the following 
purposes : 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not 
more than four private motor vehicles. 

b. Renting of not more than four rooms and furnishing 
of board bv a resident familv to not more than four 
non transient persons. 

c. Professional office or studio of a resident physician, 
dentist, attorney, architect, engineer or other members 
of a recognized profession; or a customary home oc- 
cupation, such as worker in handicraft, music teacher, 
or a person of a similar vocation employing not more 
than two permanent employees. 

d. Agricultural uses including general farming, orchard 
nursery, greenhouse or livestock, except the raising of 
swine Or fur animals for commercial use, and the 
garaging of farm equipment which is principally used 
on the premises. Salesrooms or stand for the display 
or sale of agricultural or horticultural products, the 
major protion of which is grown or produced on the 
premises. 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals 
as provided in Section VI. 

a. Alteration and conversion of a single familv dwell- 
ing existing prior to December 17, 1962 to accom- 
modate two families. 

b. Tourist home, but not including an overnight cabin, 
motel or hotel. 

c. Nursery school or other use for the day care of chil- 
dren or a private organized camp. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 57 

d. Hospital, sanitarium, nursing, rest or convalescent 
home, charitable institution or other non-correctional 
institutional use. 

e. Non-profit country tennis or golf club, lodge build- 
ing or other social, civic or recreational use. 

f. Business or professional office or agency, bank, or 
other financial institution; office of a resident Real 
Estate Broker, Insurance Broker and hairdresser. 

g. Commercial greenhouse. 

h. Animal or veterinarv hospital and kennels. 
i. Stone quarry, sand or gravel pit. 

3. All other uses are not permitted. 

C. Business District 

1. The following uses are permitted in a business District- 

a. All uses permitted on sub-paragraph Bl of this See 
tion. 

b. Multiple family dwellings or apartments. 

c. Tourist home, hotel, motel or overnight cabins. 

d. Nursery school or other use for the day care of chil- 
dren or a privately organized camp. 

e. Undertaking establishment or funeral home. 

f. Retail stores and associated warehouses. 

g. Business or professional office or agencv, bank, or 
other financial institution. 

h. Commercial greenhouse. 

i. Filling or service station; repair garage tor motor ve- 
hicles; autobodv, soldering or welding shop; and 
salesroom for motor vehicles, trailers, boats, farm im- 
plements or machinery. 

j. Restaurant or other place serving food or beverages. 

k. Wholesale office or showroom with enclosed storage. 

1. Indoor amusement or recreation place. 

m. Manufacturing on the premises of products, a major 
portion of which is to be sold on the premises at 
retail to the ultimate consumer thereof. 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Ap- 
peals as provided in Section VI. 

a. All uses permitted in sub-paragraph B2 a, d, e. and 
h of this section. 

b. Drive-in or open air business. 

c. Public or commercial outdoor amusement but not 
including outdoor movie theatre. 

3. All other uses are not permitted. 

D. Industrial District 

1. The following uses are permitted in the Industrial District. 

a. Agricultural uses as permitted in sub-paragraph B 1 
d of this Section. 



58 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

b. General Industrial uses including manufacturing, 
processing or other industrial operations. 

c. Sawmill. 

d. Light manufacturing uses when the processes in- 
volved entail only the fabrication, assembly, finish- 
ing work or packaging. 

e. Warehouses (excpt retail) and open storage, such as 
lumber yards, stone, brick, gravel, cement and other 
bulky merchandise contractors yard and the like uses. 

f. Manufacturing on the premises of 'products a por- 
tion of which may be sold on the premises at retail 
to the ultimate consumer. 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Ap- 
peals as provided in Section VI. 

a. Non-profit country tennis or golf club, lodge build- 
ing or other social, civic or recreational use. 

b. Commercial greenhouse. 

c. Filling or service station, repair garage for motor ve- 
hicles, auto body, soldering or welding shop, sales 
room for motor vehicles, trailers, boats, farm imple- 
ments or machinery. 

.d. Private restaurant or other place serving food or bev- 
erages. 

e. Wholesale office or showroom with enclosed storage. 

f. Public or commercial outdoor amusement but not 
including outdoor movie theatre. 

g. Animal or veterinary hospital and kennels. 

h. Motor freight or other transportation terminals; yards 

for servicing of trucks or trailers, 
i. Stone quarry, sand or gravel pit. 

3. All other uses not permitted. 



Article 26 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting Section V, subsections A, B, and C and inserting 
in place thereof the following new Section V. 

V. INTENSITY REGULATIONS 
A. General Requirements 

1 . Applicability 

In the several districts set out in Section III A of this By- 
Law no development or redevelopment of any land, building 
Ur structure shall be permitted except in accordance with the 
accompanying "Intensity Regulations Schedule" and in ac- 
cordance with the several additional requirements of this 
Section. 

2. Setback 

No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 59 



30 feet to the sideline of the street, except that where two 
or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line 
less than permitted above, the Board of Appeals may permit 
a new structure to be erected in conformity with the line 
so established. 

3. Projections 

Nothing herein shall prevent the projection of cornices or 
eaves not exceeding twentv four (24) inches in width or of 
steps or sills into any required yard. 

4. Dwellings 

In any district no more than one building for residential use 
shall be built on a single lot. 

5. Use of Required Yards 

Required front yards are to be free of all structures, parking 
areas and other uses, not including essential access drives, 
except by permission of the Board of Appeals with recom- 
mendation of the Planning Board. 

6. Parking Area 

A parking area off the public ways must be provided for 
all automobiles used bv persons emploved in or about the 
premises. 

7. Off-Street Loading Facilities. 

Off-Street Loading Facilities must be provided and be of 
sufficient area to keep the public vvav clear. 



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C. Modifications and Exceptions 

1. Party Walls 

In General Business Districts only, the required side/yards 
shall not apply to non residential buildings having a party 
wall on a side lot line. 

2. Open Space 

Within or in addition to the required vards for all multi- 
familv uses there shall be provided usuable open space ot: 
at least 500 sq. ft. per dwelling unit with one or less bed- 
rooms and 1,000 sq. ft. per dwelling unit with two or 
more bedrooms. Such space shall not include parking space 
or laundrv drying areas but shall be designed for active and 
passive recreation. 



Article 27 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton bv deleting Subsections A and B of Section VI and inserting 
in place thereof the following new Subsections: 

A. Enforcement 

1 . Enforcement 

This Bv-Law shall be enforced bv the Board of Selectmen 
or their agent in the manner provided for by the General 
Laws and the By-Laws of the Town. Any person aggrieved 
by any decision hereunder mav appeal to the Board of Ap- 
peals. 

2. Building Permit 

In any district, a Building permit shall not be issued until 
such proposed action shall comply in all respects with the 
provisions of this By-Law or with a decision rendered bv the 
Board of Appeals. 

Any application for a Building permit shall be accompanied 
by a plan, accurately drawn, showing the actual shape and 
dimensions of the lot to be developed, the location and size 
of all existing structures on the lot, the location of all pro- 
posed improvements, together with the lines within which all 
buildings or structures are to be erected, the existing or in- 
tended use of each improvement and such further informa- 
tion as may be necessary to provide for the execution and 
enforcement of this By-Law. A record of all applications, 
plans and permits and actions taken thereon shall be kept 
on file by the Town Clerk. 

3. Certificate of Occupancy 

A certificate of occupancy as required by the Acton Build- 
ing Code shall be conditional on the adequacy of parking 
space and such other facilities as may be required by this 
By-Law or a decision of the Board of Appeals, and shall 
lapse ir and when such areas and facilities are used for 
other purposes. 



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4. Conformance to Performance Standards 

Any alleged violator shall be investigated. The Board of 
Selectmen, if there appears to be reasonable grounds, may 
employ qualified experts to determine such violation. Jf, 
after a public hearing, violation is found to have occurred 
or does exist, the violator shall pav such costs in addition 
to anv fines. 

5. Fines 

The penalty for violation of this bv-law shall be $20.00 each 
offense, as provided in Chapter 40, Section 21 of the Gen- 
eral Laws as amended, of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts. 

B. Board of Appeals 

1. In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the 

Genera] Laws, a Board of Appeals consisting of three (3" 

members shall be appointed bv the Selectmen for terms ot 

such length and so arranged that the term of one member 
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shall expire each year. Two associates shall be appointed in 
like manner. No member of the Board of Appeals shall act 
in any matter in which he is personally interested, in such 
event an associate shall act. 

2. Such board shall have all the powers set forth in Chapter 
40A of the General Laws together with the powers and 
authority set forth in this By-Law and shall be governed bv 
the svstems and procedures as established bv Chapter 40A 
of the General Laws as amended. 

3. The Board of Appeals shall have the following powers and 
duties and in no wav conflicting with the above regulations: 

a. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that 
there is an error in the enforcement of this By-Law. 

b. To hear and decide applications for special permits for 
exceptions as required bv this By-Law. 

A special permit is a permit to use property for the purpose 
specified and shall not waive, varv or relax any other pro- 
vision of this By-Law applicable thereto. In acting upon 
special permits the Board shall consider the general intent 
of the Comprehensive Town Plan and may accordingly im- 
pose such conditions and safeguards as are deemed necessary. 
To authorize upon appeal or petition with respect to a par- 
ticular parcel of land a variance from the terms of this By- 
Law. Such variance shall be granted only for reasons of 
practical difficulty and substantial hardship to the appellant 
and only where the Board finds that: 

1. there are special circumstances or conditions applying 
to the land or building for which the variance is sought, 
which circumstances or conditions are peculiar to such 
land or building but not affecting generally the zoning 
district in which it is located and application of the 
standards of this By-Law would deprive the applicant 
of a reasonable use of the property and 

2. the specific variances as granted by the Board is the 
minimum variance that will grant a reasonable relief to 
the owner: and 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 63 



3. the granting of the variance will be in harmony with 
the purpose and intent of this By-Law. In approving a 
variance the Board may attach such conditions and safe- 
guards as are deemed necessary to protect the neighbor- 
hood in addition to the applicable requirements of this 
By-Law. 



Article 28 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law <>t the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from Residential and Agricultural to Residential 
R-l, the area as shown on the accompanying Proposed Zoning Map A, and 
described as follows: 

All the land bounded as follows: 

On the west bv Route 2, on the north by the Acton-Littleton 
Town Line, on the east by Great Road (Route 2A) and N. Y., 
N. H. & Hartford R. R. Co., on the south by Brook Street and 
a straight line crossing Main Street (Route 27) at the inter- 
section of Brook Street and Main Street at right angles to Main 
Street, to an unnamed brook, thence following said brook to a 
confluence near Newtown Road with another unnamed brook, 
thence following the westerly branch of the two brooks to New- 
town Road, thence bv Newtown Road to the intersection of Ham- 
mond Street, thence bv a projection of Hammond Street, in a 
westerly direction and finally bv a line southerly and parallel 
with Arlington Street to Route 2, with the exception of all the 
presently existing business and industrial districts contained 
therein. 



Article 29 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from Residential and Agricultural to Residential 
R-l the area on the accompanying Proposal Zoning Map B, and described as 
follows : 

All the land bounded as follows: 

On the east bv the presentlv existing boundary line of the 
Industrial area, on the north by the B. & M. R. R. Co., On the 
west by an unnamed brook and on the south bv the Acton 
Mavnard Town line. 



Article 30 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning Bv-Law ol the 
Town of Acton bv rezoning from Residential and Agricultural to Residential 
R-l the area on the accompanying Proposal Zoning Map C. and described as 
follows: 

All the land bounded on the west bv Great Road (Route 2A\ 



64 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



on the northwest by Nashoba Brook and by a parallel line 300' 
east of the centerline of Carlisle Road, on the east by the Acton 
Carlisle Town Line, and the Acton Concord Town Line, with 
the exception of the presently existing business district, 500' in 
width, running parallel with the easterly side line of Great Route 
(Route 2 A) and not including Azalea Park Subdivision. 

A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 65 



SECTION C 



REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT AND 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 66 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 67 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 68 

PROPOSED BUDGET 71 

SCHOOL FINANCES , 73 

SCHOOL BUDGETS 74 

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS r 74 

ACTON FACULTY 75 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 

FACULTY 77 

REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 79 

REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 83 

REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 83 

AGE AND GRADE DISTRIBUTION TABLE 86 

GRADUATION EXERCISES 87 

CLASS OF 1962 ,. 88 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

PROPOSED BUDGET 89 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

TREASURER'S REPORT 93 



66 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

AND 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Edwin W. Richter, Chairman Term Expires 1964 

Lloyd E. Williamson, Secretary Term Expires 1964 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 

Parker Harrison, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 

James W. Myers Term Expires 1965 

Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Edmond J. McNiff, Chairman Term Expires 1963 

Elizabeth H. Boardman, Vice Chairman Term Expires 1963 

Leonard E. Ceglowski Term Expires 1964 

Parker Harrison, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Joseph H. Hartshorn Term Expires 1965 

James W. Meyers Term Expires 1965 

Edwin W. Richter Term Expires 1964 

Margaret A. Shea Term Expires 1963 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 

Meetings of the School Committees 

The Acton School Committee holds regular meetings on the first 
and third Mondays of each month and the Regional School Committee 
meets on the second and fourth Mondays. Both groups convene at the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School at 7:30 P.M. 

Tel 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-5737 

Principals: 

Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools 

Alice F. Hayes 3-4982 

Florence A. Merriam School 

Carolyn T. Douglas .3-4181 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.... 

Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 

Vice-Principal, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Arthur J. Hayes 3-7738 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 67 

Director of Guidance, Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Dorothy Olson 3-7738 

Director of Cafeterias, Anne H. Rimbach 3-7977 

Director of Transportation, Salvatore Lipomi 3-4181 

Attendance Officer, David W. Scribner 3-5221 

Secretaries: 

Priscilla Felt, Superintendent's Office 3-5737 

Dorothy Hansen, Julia L. McCarthv-Marion L. 

Towne Schools ' 3-4982 

Molly Johnston, Health Office 3-7738 

Jane Lewis, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Clarke Lindfors, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Mary Ott, Florence A. Mgrriam School 3-4181 

Phvllis Sutherland, Guidance Office 3-7738 

Cafeteria Staffs: 

Julia L. McCarthv-Marion L. Towne Schools: Martha Lowden, 
Manager; Edith Dale, Dorothy Decker, Laura Fullonton, Martha Jean- 
son, Constance McFarland and LeVerla Sawyer. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Helen Worrall, Manager; Sophia 
Kehoe, Meredith Lambert, Frances Sindoris, Man' Tuttle and Marv 
Zimmer. 

Acton -Boxborough Regional High School: Meimi Fullonton, 
Manager; Margaret Brennan, Eva Campbell, Emmie Corkum, Anna 
D'ltalia, Louise Garceau, Shirlev Goodman, Evelvn Hill, Norma New- 
sham, Marion Osterhoudt and Christine Scribner. 

Custodians: 

Julia L. McCarthv-Marion L. Towne Schools: John Conquest 
and Peter Smoltees. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Robert Graham and Paul Rich- 
ardson. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Emerv Nelson, Head 
Custodian, All Schools: Milan Fenjac, Timothv Hennessey, Peter Rvan 
and Russell Wolfe. 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 1963-64 

Reopening of all Schools, January 2, 1963 

Winter Recess, February 1 8 - 22 

Spring Recess, April 15-19 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Graduation, June 7 

Close of all Schools, June 19 

Summer Recess 



68 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Teachers' Meeting, September 3 

Reopening of All Schools, September 4 

Teachers' Convention, October 25 

Veterans' Day, November 11 

Thanksgiving Recess, Noon, November 27 - 28 - 29 

Christmas Holidays, December 20 - January 1 , 1 964 

Reopening of all Schools, January 2, 1964 

Winter Recess, February 17-21, 1964 

Spring Recess, April 20 - 24 

Graduation, June 12 

Close of all Schools, June 19 



NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 

1-1-1-1 7:14 A.M. No School Acton Public Schools, Grade 1-6 
2-2-2-2 7:00 A.M. No School All Schools All Dav 



REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To The School Committee and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is present mv annual report as Superintendent of 
Schools for Acton and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. 

The two most important problems facing American Public Schools 
are one, construction of needed classroom space, and two, finding the 
very best qualified teachers to instruct the children of this country. 
Acton, like anv other growing community, is faced with these two 
major challenges. 

HOUSING 

Regional School 

In January 1962 the fifteen room addition to the Regional High 
School was opened for occupancy. It accomodates 350 pupils bringing 
the capacity of the Regional High School to 1000 students. The 
original building opened its doors in September 1957 with a capacity 
of 650 pupils. At the start of the school year in September a total of 
915 bovs and girls were enrolled in Grade 7 through 12, or 85 pupils 
less than the capacity of the present building. In September 1963 it 
is expected that the enrollment will be 1050 pupils, or 50 pupils above 
capacity. The following is a breakdown of Regional High School en- 
rollment: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 69 

Above 
Capacity 

of 

Year Enrollment Building 

1963 1050 50 

1964 1152 152 

1965 1263 263 

1966 1378 378 

1967 1529 529 

The Regional School Committee has purchased a parcel of land 
on Charter Road bevond the high school for the building and con- 
struction of a Regional Junior High School. From the figures above, 
it is apparent that plans for the start of this school should be formulated 
very soon. The building will be needed bv the verv latest in Septem- 
ber 1966. 

Local Schools 

The four room addition to the Julia L. McCarthy School was 
opened in September 1962. This completed the twelve room primary 
school that was originally built as an eight room school in 1952, with 
the four rooms to be added at a later date. Actually, this building 
replaces the three disbanded district schools in West, South and Acton 
Center. These three village schools had a total of 11 classrooms. 

Land has been purchased (the Anunal Town Meeting in March 
1962) on Arlington Street bevond Route 2 for the construction and 
equipping of a 20 room elementary school. Plans were presented to 
the town at a Special Town Meeting held on Monday, Januarv 21, 
1963. A breakdown of the local school enrollment indicates the 
real need for this school by September 1964. Presentlv we have 45 
classrooms available in the elementarv schools. 









Over 


Year 


Enrollment 


Rooms Nedeed 


Capacity 


Ian. 1963 


1500 


50 


5 


Sept. 1963 


1613 


54 


9 


Sept. 1964 


1700 


57 


11 


Sept. 1965 


1730 


58 


12 


Sept 1966 


1760 


59 


13 



STAFFING OUR SCHOOLS 

Along with the housing, hiring and retaining the best of teachers 
is a problem facing all communities regardless of size. In the past two 
years we have hired over 60 teachers. Manv were hired because of 
increased enrollment, but the majority because of replacement. The 



70 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

high turnover of women teachers because of marriage, pregnancy or 
change in the husband's position is a constant problem. It is fortunate 
we have experienced principals and supervisors to train these new 
teachers and help them to adjust to our fine school svstem. Both our 
school committees, local and regional, have established salarv schedules 
for our teachers comparable to the best school svstems in the State. 
However, we have to live with the continued turnover of personnel. 
Our schools will continue to improve and be good onlv because of 
excellent teaching. To find these outstanding men and women is a 
continuing challenge to the Superintendent and School Committee. 
The School Committee has spent long hours in discussing wavs and 
means to continue to improve our schools. The major achievements 
printed each vear in the town report is an indication of this. Their main 
effort has been to prepare the bovs and girls in our schools for the ever 
challenging world of tomorrow. 

Below is a comparative tax rate table for Acton and surrounding 
towns showing the proportion each town expends on its schools. 

1962 Tax Rate 
T 
Acton 
Bedford 
Burlington 
Concord 
Littleton 
Sudburv 
Wavland 
Westwood 
Weston 
Lincoln 
Lynnfield 

Conclusion 

I personallv think the Acton Public Schools and the Acton-Box- 
borough Regional High School have made tremendous progress in the 
past years, and it has been only through support, understanding, co- 
operation, and loyalty of the School Committee that this has been 
accomplished. I should like to express my gratitude to all the school 
personnel: our principals, teachers supervisors, secretaries, custodians 
and especiallv the various town committees who have worked very 
closely with our school committee for the continued improvement of 
our schools. 

Respectfullv submitted 
WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL 

Superintendent of Schools 



Total 


School 


Percent 


$ 82.00 


$49.12 


60% 


59.00 


36.10 


61% 


69.00 


42.70 


62% 


99.00 


58.10 


59% 


99.00 


70.00 


71% 


92.50 


65.80 


71% 


92.00 


57.95 


63% 


73.50 


40.46 


56% 


62.00 


42.23 


68% 


103.00 


61.36 


60% 


61.00 


39.00 


64% 



THE TOWN OF A CTON 71^ 

ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Proposed Budget for 1963 

January 1 - December 31, 1963 

Instruction 

Present Staff Salaries $363,568.00 

Additional Staff Needed (6) 12,000.00 

Substitutes 6,000.00 

Conferences 300.00 

Textbooks 10,132.00 

Supplies 7,610.00 

Related Insurance 4,327.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL INSTRUCTION $404,937.00 

Plant Operation and Maintenance 

Salaries 19,500.00 

Supplies 3,000.00 

Fuel 6,500.00 

Water 475.00 

Gas 1,250.00 

Electricity 7,500.00 

Telephones 600.00 

Maintenance Equipment 3,100.00 

Related Insurance 430.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL PLANT OPERATION 

AND MAINTENANCE $ 43,355.00 

Transportation 

Pupil Transportation 45,198.00 

Field Trips 750.00 

Contingencies 1,200.00 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 47,148.00 

Non-Instructional Services 

Libraries 1,200.00 

School Nurse 2,450.00 



72 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

School Physician 400.00 

Ear and Eye Tests 400.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL $ 4,900.00 



Administration 

Salaries 9,650.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 250.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 150.00 

School Census 150.00 

Miscellaneous 650.00 

TOTAL ADMINISTRATION $ 11,050.00 



Capital Outlay 

Music - Instruments and Equipment 290.00 

Desk Tops , 700.00 

Health - Combination Cabinet 63.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY $ 1,553.00 



Contingency Fund 

Contingency Fund $ 1,000.00 



SUMMARY 

Instruction $404,937.00 

Plant Operation and Maintenance 43,355.00 

Transportation 47,148.00 

Non-Instructional Services 4,900.00 

Administration 1 1,050.00 

Capital Outlay 1,553.00 

Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

$513,943.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 73 

SCHOOL FINANCES - 1962 

Received — To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $ 29,400.00 

State Aid for Public Schools 93,935.14 

Federal Aid 19,075.00 

Education of Handicapped 4,592.35 

Tuition 990.85 

Miscellaneous 74.50 



Appropriated, March, 1962: 

Regional School District $364,764.66 

Acton Public Schools 436,211.00 



$148,067.84 



Total Amount Expended from Appropriations: 

Regional School District $362,331.07 

Acton Public Schools 418,302.84 



$800,975.66 



$780,633.91 



Expended for Operation in 1962 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $264,211.86 $309,492.26 $573,704.12 

Books and Supplies 17,718.36 21,428.55 39,146.91 

Plant Operation 34,018.16 37,810.78 71,828.94 

Plant Maintenance 2,232.70 3,500.00 5,732.70 

Auxiliary Agencies 14,825.14 4,234.20 19,059.34 

Transportation 29,888.02 34,679.04 64,567.06 

General Control 10,579.13 9,905.67 20,484.80 

Special Charges 5,362.56 5,362.56 

Contingencies 323.18 930.46 1,253.64 

$379, 159.11 $42 1 ,980.96 $80 1 , 1 40.07 

Gross cost per high 

school pupil (842) $ 450.31 

Gross cost per elementary 

school pupil (1469)' $ 287.25 

Gross Cost per pupil (2311) .. $ 346.66 

Gross Cost of Operation 

(as aboye) $379,159.11 $421,980.96 $801,140.07 



74 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Less Receipts 61,404.70 86,663.14 148,067.84 

Net Cost of Operation $317,754.41 $335,317.82 $653,072.23 

Net cost per high 

school pupil (842) $ 377.38 

Net cost per elementary 

school pupil (1469) $ 228.26 

Net cost per pupil (2311 $ 282.59 



1 963 SCHOOL BUDGETS 

Total appropriation recommended bv 

Acton School Committee ." ,$513,943.00 

Net amount requested bv Acton-Boxborough 

Regional District School Committee .... 438,748.67 



$952,691.67 
Estimate of State Aid $155,000.00 



Amount to be raised bv local taxation 

for support of schools $797,691.67 



MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS - 1962 

Acton Public Schools 

1. Opening of four room addition to Julia L. McCarthy School. 

2. Naming of elementary school on Charter Road for Florence A. Merriam 
in appreciation of her devoted services to the Acton Public Schools for 
thirty-nine years. 

3. Formation of fifth and sixth grade bands. 

4. Continued study and revision of elementary school curriculum, started in 
September, 1960. 

5. Hiring of the Architects Collaborative to design, equip and construct a 
twenty room elementary school. 

6. Exchange of sixth grade teachers under the Fulbright Act. Miss Barbara 
Parker taught in Aukland, New Zealand, Mr. Robert Menzies of Aukland, 
New Zealand, assumed Miss Parker's position in Acton. 

7. Revision of salary schedule by School Committee, making it one of the 
best in the State. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



75 



Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Opening of fifteen room addition in January, 1962. 

Fifth year of high school mathematics for honors group added to program 
of studies. 

Appointment of Department Heads in History and Modern Foreign Lan- 
guages; the Regional High School now has five Heads of Departments. 

Formation of junior high school band and chorus. 

French added to Grade 8 curriculum. 



4. 
5. 
6. 



Revision of salary schedule by School Committee, making it one of the 
best in the State. 

7. Awarding of A.B.R.H.S. Alumni Scholarship. 

8. Charles Randriamasimanana of Tananarive, Madagascar became the first 
student to attend Acton-Boxborough Regional High School under the aus- 
pices of the Acton-Boxborough branch of the American Field Service. 



MEMBERS OF THE ACTON FACULTY 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 

Julia L. McCarthy — Marion L. Towne Schools 



Name 

Alice Hayes 
Mary Abraham 

Anne Be van 
Patricia Davis 
Louise Harzigian 
Tina Mintz 
Mary O'Brien 
Norma Penchansky 
Ellen Sansone 
Carol Tolpa 
Judith Walker 
Elizabeth Witter 
Margery Brown 
Dorothy Bunker 
Helen DeCoste 
Elizabeth Flint 
Carla Heymsfeld 
Nancy Lyons 
Louise Moriarty 
Pauline O'Hara 
Alice O'Hearn 
Madeline Viens 
Margaret Barrett 
Florence Betcher 

Shirley Brown 
Carole Cochin 
Jean Dawes 



Professional Training 

Fitchburg State College 
Lowell State College 
Fitchburg State College 
Lesley College 
Lesley College 
Lowell State College 
Jackson College 
Lowell State College 
Lesley College 
Lesley College 
Rhode Island College 
Lesley College 
Smith College 
University of Massachusetts 
Jackson College 
Lesley College 
Framingham State College 
Brandeis University 
Ohio University 
Emanuel College 
Boston College 
Lowell State College 
College of New Rochelle 
Lowell State College 
Gordon College 
Boston University 
Lowell State College 
Boston University 
Middleburv College 





Grade or 


Degree 


Position 


BS 


Principal 


BS 


I 


M. F.d. 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


3S 


I 


AB 


I 


BA 


11 


AB 


u 




ii 


BS 


ii 


BA 


ii 


BS 


ii 


AB 


ii 


BS 


ii 


BS, M.Fd. 


ii 


AB 


ii 


BS 


in 


BR Ed. 




M. Ed. 


in 


BA 


in 


BS 


HI 


AB 


in 



76 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 









Grade or 


Name 


Professional Training 


Degree 


Bositfon 


Mildred Kelly 


Florence (S. C.) Teachers' 








College 


BS 


III 


Anne Lockwood 


Wellesley College 


AB 


III 


Dorothy Tuller 


Boston University 


BS 


III 


Alexandra Wharton 


Washington College 


BA 






Harvard University 


Ed. M. 


III 


Florence A. Merriam School 




Carolyn Douglas 


Fitchburg State College 


BS 


Principal 


Marie Dionne 


Lowell State College 


BS 


IV 


Barbara Jansson 


University of Massachusetts 


BA 


IV 


Madeleine Kingston 


Fitchburg State College 


BS 


IV 


Elizabeth McAleer 


Rhode Island College 


BS 


IV 


Caryl McCarthy 


Boston University 


BS 


IV 


Janice Morgan 


Fitchburg State College 


BS, M.Ed. 


IV 


Jennie Richards 


Lowell State College 


BS 


IV 


Arlene Shea 


Salve Regina College 


AB 


IV 


Marilyn Bernstein 


Boston University 


BA 


V 


Marilyn Blom 


Colby College 


AB 


V 


Dorothy Bonner 


Middlebury College 


AB 


V 


Ann Evans 


Jackson College 


AB 


V 


Mary Howell 


Vassar College 


AB 






I larvard University 


Ed. M 


V 


Nancy Joslin 


Mount Holyoke College 


AB 






Boston University 


M. Ed. 


V 


Mary Zabierek 


College of New Rochelle 


AB 


V 


Ruth Ahearn 


Wellesley College 


BA 


VI 


Donna Baranowski 


Lowell State College 


BS 


VI 


Louise Ewing 


Boston State College 


BS 


VI 


Mary McCarthy 


Boston State College 


BS 


VI 


James Palavras 


Boston University 


BA 


VI 


Barbara Parker 


Boston University 

Special Fields 


BS, M.Ed. 


VI 


Morton Brenner 


Boston University 


BS, MS 


Guidance 


Virginia Callaway 


Smith College 


AB 


French 




Middlebury College 


MA 




George Doren 


Yale University 


BM, MM 


Instrumental 
Music 


Jeanne Haskell 


Anna Maria College 


BA 


Vocal Music 


Constantine Limberakis 


Boston University 


BM 


Director of 
Music 


Salvatore Lipomi 


Lowell State College 


BS 


Opportunity 




Tufts College 


M. Ed. 


Class 


Agnes Manning 


Salem State College 


BS 


Remedial 
Reading 


Katherine Matsen 


Smith College 


BA 


Librarian 


Dorothy Olson 


Simmons College 


BS 


Nurse 


Maurine Petersen 


Okla. City U. 


BS B. U., M.Ed. 


Vocal Music 


Janet Polomis 


Rosemont College 


BA 


Speech 




Boston University 


MA 


Therapy 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



77 



Name 
Ruth Proctor 

Nathalie Vanderpool 

Alice Viano 



Professional Training 

Radcliffe College 
Boston University 
Abilene Christian College 

University of 
New Hampshire 





Grade or 


Degree 


Pcsitvon 


AB 


Director of 


M. Ed. 


Guidance 


BS 


Physical 




Education 



BA 



Art 



Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

District Superintendent, William L. O'Connell 



Raymond Grey 
Arthur Hayes 



Ruth Proctor 

Stuart Adler 

Charles Battit 
Jeanne Berard 

Frank Blomberg 

John Bonin 
Gail Bonnett 
Margaret Boornazian 
Frances Boyle 

Daniel Boylen 

John Brennan 

Morton Brenner 
Elizabeth Campbell 

Mary Campbell 

Joan Capitell 
Deborah Cassady 

Priscilla Claman 

James Dadoly 



Frances DeSilva 
Helen Detsch 
George Doren 

Alan Foresman 



Tufts University 
University of Mississippi 
Stanford University 
Harvard University 
Radcliffe College 
Boston University 
Cornell University 
Boston University 
Boston University 
University of Connecticut 

Springfield College 
University of Massachusetts 
Keene Teachers College 
Mills College 
Burdett College 
Framingham State College 

Boston University 

Harvard University 
New York University 
Boston University 
Pembroke College 
Harvard University 
Immaculata College 

Boston University 
Wellesley College 
Harvard University 
Radcliffe College 
Harvard University 
American International 

College 
Harvard University 
Waynesburg College 
Boston University 
Yale University 

Fitchburg State College 



AB, MS 
BA 


Principal 


MA 


Vice- 


AM 
AB 


Principal 
Director of 


M. Ed. 


Guidance 


AB 




M. E. 
BA 


English 
Science 


BS 


Home 




Economics 


BS 


Social 


M. Ed. 


Studies 


BS 


Science 


BA 


English 
Business 


BS 


Home 




Economics 


BS, M.Ed. 


Physical 
Education 


BA 


Reading 


MA 




BS, MS 


Guidance 


AB 




M.Ed. 
AB 


English 
Social 




Studies 


BS, M.Ed. 


Guidance 


AB 




Ed.M. 
AB 


English 


AMT 


French 


BA 




M.Ed. 


Science 


BA 


French 


BS 

BM, MM 


English 
Instrumenta 




Music 


BS, M.Ed. 


Social 




Studies 



78 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Name 

Joanne Garduno 
Jeanne Haskell 
Gladys Henrikson 

Francis Holahan 

Mary Hubbard 
Linda Jordan 

Mary Keefe 

Mason King 



Constantine Limberakis 

Donald MacLeod 
Robert Mahoney 

Nathaniel Mann, III 
Robert Morris 
Dorothy Olson 
Priscilla Page 
Jacqueline Phaneuf 

William Petkewich 
Francis Pratt 

Charlotte Remaley 
Isadore Stearns 

Ralph Stetson 

James Sullivan 
Antoinette Tesoniero 
Frank Vana 

Caroline Vattes 

Henry Wall 
Paul Walsh 
Nancy Werneth 

Janet Whitney 
Raymond Wooster 



Professional Training 

Radcliffe College 
Anna Maria College 
Wellesley College 

Fitchburg State College 

Boston University 
Albion College 
University of Michigan 
Emmanuel College 
University of Pennsylvania 
Massachusetts Institute of 

Technology 
Harvard University 
Boston University 

Boston University 

Lowell Technological 
Institute 

Hamilton College 

, Boston University 

Simmons College 

Middlebury College 

Lowell State College 
University of New 

Hampshire 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Eastern Nazarene College 
Harvard University 

University of Alabama 

University of Maine 

Northeastern University 

Merrimack College 
Middlebury College 
Bates College 

Massachusetts College 

of Art 
Columbia University 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Boston University 

Pembroke College 
Harvard University 

Simmons College 

Eastern Nazarene College 





Grade or 


Degree 


Position 


AB 


Librarian 


BA 


Vocal Music 


BA 


Social 




Studies 


BS 


Industrial 




Arts 


BS 


Art 


BA 

MA 

AB 


English & 
Spanish 


MS, Ed. 


Mathmatics 


BS 




AMT 


Science 


BM 


Director of 




Music 


AB 


Science 


BS 


Mathmatics 


AB 


Mathmatics 


BA,MA 


French 


BS 


Nurse 


AB 


English 


BS 




MA 


French 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Guidance 


BS 


Social 


M.Ed. 


Studies 


BS, MA 


Mathmatics 


BS 


Physical 
Education 




Industrial 




Arts 


BA 


Science 


BA 


English 


AB 


Social 




Studies 


BS 




MA 


Art 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Business 


BS, M.Ed. 


Science & 




Mathmatics 


AB 




MA 


Latin 


BS 


English 


BS 


Mathmatics 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 79 



REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

I am pleased to submit herewith my annual report as Principal of 
the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. 

In this report I should like to inform the citizens of Acton and 
Boxoborough as to what is happening in the various departments of 
the school. We are classified as a comprehensive high school, thus 
we aim to provide enough variety to meet the needs of most of the 
pupils living in the area we serve. 

The school library is becoming the heart of the institution both 
in location and in function. As the number of volumes increases, and 
as pupils become more familiar with its sources, and as teaching 
capitalizes more on its possibilities, the library is playing an invaluable 
part in the efficient operation of the school. Mrs. Joanne Garduno, the 
librarian, informs me that as of December 31, 1962, we had 3,645 
volumes on our shelves. We subscribe to 57 magazines and newspapers. 

English 

The purpose of the English department is to teach everv student 
to read, write, and speak his language with as high a degree of skill 
as he can attain during his high school vears. To reach these goals a 
syllabus for each grade level has been developed in the past vear by 
Mr. Stuart Adler, department head. Vocabularv books, and many 
supplementary literature texts have been added this vear. Speech classes 
are held once per week for all members of the Sophomore Class to 
improve oral work. Each spring the English department sponsors a 
highlv successful speech contest. 

Social Studies 

Mr. Francis Pratt, head of the history department, and the history 7 
teachers have been meeting to improve the offerings on the 7th and 
8th grade level and they are scrutinizing the other courses to see how 
they can be improved. We initiated a new tvpe of U.S. Historv course 
this vear. 

In this new offering we are utilizing a "problems approach." If 
this proves successful we shall offer it to all students in grade eleven. 
More and more outside reading is being used to supplement the 
various historv texts. 

Mathematics 

The age in which we live demands a new and changing approach 
in mathematics. As a result we are including in our offering newer 






80 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

and modern mathmatics. We have the Yale SMSG algebra and 
geometry program. This year we initiated a new course called "Math- 
matics V" which makes it possible for some of our students who are 
majthmatically inclined to have five years of mathmatics. Many of the 
new concepts are being introduced in grades 7 and 8. 



Languages 

In this school we offer Latin, Spanish and French. The latter 
is offered in grade seven and eight with emphasis on the aural and 
oral aspects of the language. The language laboratory is being utilized 
and already we are beginning to see improvements! in the oral aspects 
of the language. We are also adding to our supplementary reading 
material in this department. 



Science 

Mr. James Dadoly is head of this department and the members 
are meeting weekly to evaluate the new approaches in biology, chem- 
istry and physics. They are also examining the possibility of adding 
advanced biology and chemistry courses in the senior year. In the 
last three years much needed equipment has been purchased and 
all textbooks have been brought up to date. 



Business Education 

The chief function of the business department is to provide 
those knowledges and skills which will insure vocational competence. 
To assure us of accomplishing our goals we have the following: Two 
years of typing, two years of bookkeeping, two years of stenographv, 
one year of office practice and business law. We wish more students 
would take advantage of our excellent business department for there is 
a need for secretarial help in this area. 



Home Economics 

All our girls in grades seven and eight take this subject. So many 
girls are electing home economics in grades nine through twelve that 
we are now offering it as a major subject meeting five times per week 
and for those girls not able to elect it as a major we have a minor in 
home economics meeting three times per week. The program concen- 
trates on teaching the art of cookery, sewing and general homemaking 
which includes personal, social and family relationships, as well as 
some of the social graces. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 81 



Art 

This is another area where demand has made it necessary to add 
an additional teacher and more courses. We now offer Art I, II, III, 
IV, and arts and crafts. We are fortunate to have so many artistically 
inclined students and as one walks through the schooj we see their 
numerous works on display. 



Industrial Arts 

In this department we offer two periods per week to students in 
grades seven and eight. In grades seven we offer woodworking and in 
grade eight, metalwork. Boys in grade eight are also offered mechanical 
drawing. In the senior high we have Industrial Arts I, II, III and IV 
land mechanical drawing. We have been more than pleased at the 
number of boys who are electing industrial arts in grades nine through 
twelve. We are in the process of holding meetings to see what can 
be done to further improve the courses in this department. 



Music 

The success which this department has achieved speaks for itself. 
We now have a junior band and a senior band. The junior high glee 
club numbers 90 and the senior chorus has 120 members. All students 
in the junior high school take music and we are increasing our 
courses in senior high. We now offer: 

Music Appreciation I 15 

Music Appreciation II 16 

Theory and Harmonv 18 

Chorus classes 90 

Music of America 30 

Junior Band 55 

Senior Band 75 

In the spring we shall be the host school for the Northeastern 
Music Festival on Mav 4, 1963. 



Physical Education 

Body building exercises are carried on throughout the year with 
fitness tests being administered during the year so that improvements 
may be chartered for each student. Full use is made of gymnastic 
equipment and a major part of the program is to prepare the young- 
sters with carry-over sports which they will enjoy as adults. All students 
must have two periods per week of physical education. 






82 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

In closing, may I express tc Mr. O'Connell, Superintendent of 
Schools, to the School Committee and to the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School Faculty sincere appreciation for the guidance, 
the cooperation and the loyalty I have received in my work as adminis- 
trator of the high school during the past vear. 

RAYMOND J. GREY, 

Principal. 

Educational and Vocational Choices, Class of 1962 

Total number of Students — 88. 

66—75% — colleges or specialized schools. 
15—17.05% — full-time emplovment 
7—7.95% — armed services 

Distribution — Schools and Colleges 

Colleges and universities 35 

Junior colleges 9 

Business schools 7 

Nursing schools 1 

Private preparatory schools 3 

Post-gradaute, ABRHS 1 

Technical and vocational schools 10 

66 

Schools and colleges entered: 

Colleges and Universities — Boston Universitv, Colorado State 
College, Elmira College, State College at Fitchburg, Keene Teachers 
College, Keuka College, Lowell Technological Institute, Massachusetts 
College of Art, University of Massachusetts, McGill University, Mills 
College, Mississippi State, Mount Allison Universitv, Mount Holvoke 
College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University. 
University of Pennsvlvania, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, University of Texas, Wheelock College. College of William 
and Mary, Worcester Polvtechnic Institute. 

junior Colleges — Becker Junior College, Brevard College, Cham- 
berlayne Junior College, Colby Junior College, Lasell Junior College, 

Newton Junior College, Westbrook Junior College. 
- 

Business Schools — Aquinas Secretarial School, Bay State Aca- 
demy, Burdett College, Chandler School for Women, Katharine Gibbs 
School. 

Nursing School — Tevvksburv State Hospital School of Practical 
Nursing. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 83 

Private Preparatory Schools — Bridgeton Academy, Manter Hall 
School, Newman Preparatory School. 

Technical and Vocational Schools — Boston Conservatory of 
Music, Cambridge School of Radio and TV, Mary Fazio School of 
Hair Design, Franklin Technical School, Mansfield Academy, Modern 
School of Fashion and Design, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Ves- 
per George School of Art. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

December 31, 1962 

Mr. William O'Conell 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Mass. 

Dear Mr. O'Connell: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

The regular school physical examinations were completed in 
November. Special examinations were done early in the year for those 
participating in athletics. Parents were informed of medical, dental, 
and orthopedic defects as encountered. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, clinics were held for 
Tuberculin Testing, Diphtheria, Tetanus immunization, and oral 
administration of Types I and II Sabin poliomyelitis vaccine. 

I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers, school and town 
nurses for their cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M.D. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 

January to December 1962 Inclusive 

Physical examinations by Dr. Paul P. Gates, school physician, 
began on September 10 and included Junior and Senior High competi- 
tive sport candidates, all students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and students 
who have not had a physical examination within the past three years. 



84 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

A total of 1,017 physical examinations, an increase of 137 physicals 
over 1961, was completed on November 2, 1962. Referrals were sent 
to parents on medical, orthopedic and dental defects. 

Under the direction of Mrs. Janet Polomis, the speech therapy 
program began in September with an enrollment of 131 students of the 
Primary, Elementary and Junior High Schools. 

Vision and hearing testing began on October 1st and has been 
completed except for new students. The numbers of children tested 
are: 

Vision: 2432 students tested 

425 students retested — Primarv school 109 

Elementary school 91 

Regional school 225 

Wearing. 2420 students tested 

96 students retested — Primary school 56 

Elementary school 27 

Regional school 13 

All parents were notified of the vision and hearing test failures 
by mail. 

Mrs. McNiff and Mrs. Larsen are to be complimented on the fine 
work they did during the vision and hearing testing. 

A total of 285 students in grades 1, 5 and 9 were given a diphtheria- 
tetanus toxoid booster shot during the three clinics in March. 

In April, two Preschool Clinics were held and 90 children were 
given physical examinations by Dr. Paul P. Gates, school physician. 

In May and June two doses of the Sabin polio vaccine were given 
to the first graders. In March, 1963 they will receive their third and 
final dose. During the year of 1963 all school children and personnel 
will receive the three doses of Sabin polio vaccine. 

Mantoux testing for Tuberculosis, which was done on November 
28 and December 5, included 373 students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 11; 
6 student cafeteria workers, the foreign student and 2 school personnel. 
In grade 4, 7 and 1 1 only those students who entered the school system 
within the last three years were tested. 

On March 27, 28 and 29 the State X-ray Unit was here in Acton 
and x-rayed a fairly good percentage of the school personnel. 

Daily nursing visits to each of the three schools covered sickness, 
communicable disease check and accidents. During the past school 
year 57 student accidents were covered by school insurance: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 85 

Regional High School 51 

Elementary School 3 

Primary School 3 

The carrying out of an effective health program in the schools is 
not a one-person job. In addition to those persons mentioned above, 
thanks should also be given to Mr. O'Connell, the principals and school 
personnel, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Hale, town nurse, the parents and students. 
Without their interest, assistance and cooperation a proper program 
of prophylaxis and treatment would have bedn impossible. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DOROTHY J. OLSON, R.N. 

School Nurse 



86 



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THE TOWN OF ACTON 87 



GRADUATION EXERCISES 

June 8, 1962 

Salutatorian Donald A. Lee 

Valedictorian Martha M. Ferry 

Scholarship Awards: 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Alumni Scholarship 

David Lee Lowell Technological Institute 

Blanchard Memorial Scholarships 

Judith Dill University of Massachusetts 

Claire Lyons Elmira College 

West Acton Woman's Club Scholarship 

Barbara Warren State College at Fitchburg 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship 

Anita Davis Katharine Gibbs 

Acton Parent-Teacher's Association Scholarship 

Richard Nylander College of William and Mary 

Acton Rotary Club Scholarship 

Philip Foley University of Massachusetts 

Acton Firemen's Association Scholarship 

Judith Deane Wheelock College 

Richard Knight Northeastern University 

Acton Lions Club Scholarship 

George Dionne Lowell Technological Institute 

Carol Roach University of Massachusetts 

Acton Teachers' Association Scholarship 

Barbara Beddoe McGill University 

John A. Donelan Scholarship 

Janet Putnam Katharine Gibbs 

Edwards-Quimby Post No. 284 American Legion Medals 

Joan Hansen 

Richard Knight 
Harvard Club in Concord Book Prize 

Wayne Pasanen 
Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal 

Donald Lee 
Bausch and Lomb Medal 

Donald Lee 
Daughters of the American Revolution Award 

Joan Hansen 
Outstanding Senior of the Class of 1962 

Martha Ferry 
Award for Mathematics 

Donald Lee 
National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: Carol Baker, Barbara Beddoe, Anita Davis, Judith Dill, Martha 
Ferry, Linda Gibbs, Peter Gray, Margaret Hale, Joan Hansen, 
David Lee, Donna Loring, Claire Lyons, Robert Noonan, Rich- 
ard Nylander, Nancy Peck, Janet Putnam, Carol Roach, Caroy 
Schene, Carolyn Stanley, Barbara Warren 

Juniors: Francis Albright, Richard Brennan, Kathryn Darling, Dana Der- 
tinger, Judith Franzosa, Charles Hansen, Charles Home, Mar- 
garet Moland, Wayne Pasanen, Anita Preston, Peter Schenck, 
Lynne Smith, Jane Standley, Lee Walker 



88 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



CLASS OF 1962 



Donald A. Ander>en 

Carol Elaine Anderson 

Thomas Joseph Argento, J: 

Deborah Louise Avery 

Carol Jane Baker 

Barbara Lindsav Beddoe 

Brenda Ewing Bentsen 

Rachel Mary Brzezinski 

Patricia Ann North Catakk 

Alberta Irene Cook 

Marv Patricia Dacev 

Anita Davis 

Judith Deane 

Judith Lee Dill 

George William Dionne 

Mary Sandra Dolan 

Frederick Stuart Duggan 

Brenda Katherine Duren 

Van Hallowell Evans 

Gladys Ruth Feltus 

Martha Morton Ferry 
Donna Louise Files 

Philip X. Foley 

Janet Jean French 

Elizabeth Jane Fullonton 

Joseph Anthonv Galluz/o 

Linda Elaine Gibbs 

Bonnie Gillmore 

Brian Goodman 

William Gothorpe 

Peter Gray, I\' 

Richard Alan Gunzelmann 

Margaret Eugenia Hale 

Gordon Arthur Flail 

Joan Patricia Hansen 

Ruth Ann Harris 

Paul August Hennerorth 

Justine Marie Hollywood 

David George Huntlev 
Linda Mae Johnson 
Richard Charles Knight 
Philip C. Lautman 
David Athefton Lee 
Donald .Arthur Lee 
David Robert Lightbodv 



William John Linney 

Ellen Livermore 

Donna Louise Loring 

Claire Ann Lyons 

Douglas E. Macherev 

Robin L. Massie 

Jane Marie Mazzeo 

Edward Knight McGill 

Diane Theresa Miller 

William Evan McPhee 

Marion Patricia Mulvany 

Ronald Kevin Morrissey 

Robert M. Xoonan 

Piichard Conrad Xylander 

Donald F. O'Grady 

Ravmond Edwin O'Xeal 

Stanley John Palaima. Jr. 

Xancv Lee Peck 

Eric Alson Poor 

Linda Marion Priest 

Janet Putnam 
Sandra Ellen Rae 

Frederick James Ratta 
Carol Owen Roach 
Garv Raymond St. Martin 
Carol Ann Schene 
Paul Arthur Shaw- 
Deborah Roberts Smith 
Winona R. Socket t 
Donald John Soraccn 
Carol vn Marie Stan lev 
Deanne Joan Starr 

Thomas L. Storrle 
Linda Field Stowell 
Sat ford Pershing Sweatt. II 
Marie Elizabeth Sweenie 

Theodorus M. Tumelaire 

Chervl Anne Fvler 

Robin Blakenev \ inal 
Geraldine Berrv Walsh 

Barbara Lee W'arren 
Edward Broadbent Warren 
Diane Wetherbee 
W'eiulie Lund Whitconib 
leanne Carol Wilson 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 89 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1 963 

January 1 - December 31, 1963 

Administration 

Salaries $ 10,650.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 400.00 

Printing and Advertising 30.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 

School Census 150.00 

Related Insurance 17.00 

Related Blue Cross - Blue Shield 200.00 

Miscellaneous 1.300.00 

TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL $ 12.947.00 



Expenses of Instruction 

Present Start Salaries ...$339,364.00 

Additional Staff (7) 13,350.00 

Sabbatical Leave Substitute 2,000.00 

Substitute Teachers 3,000.00 

Conferences and Travel 600.00 

Related Insurance 480.00 

Related Blue Cross - Blue Shield 5,856.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL SALARIES $365,650.00 



Textbooks 

Art 5 100.00 

Business 385.00 

English 1,495.00 

Guidance 150.00 

Home Economics 125.00 

Industrial Arts 100.00 

Languages 1,295.00 

Mathematics 719.00 

Music 148.00 

Orientation 100.00 

Physical Education 75.00 

Remedial Reading 150.00 

Science 960.00 

Social Studies 1.062.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 



TOTAL TEXTBOOKS $ 8.364.00 



90 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Instructional Supplies 

Art $ 1,300.00 

Audio-Visual Aids 300.00 

Business 150.00 

English 100.00 

Guidance 1,125.00 

Home Economics 1,800.00 

Industrial Arts 1,400.00 

Mathematics 41.00 

Music 883.00 

Physical Education 660.00 

Science 800.00 

TOTAL SUPPLIES (Specific) .... $ 8,559.00 

Instructional Supplies (General) $ 3,500.00 



TOTAL EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION .... $386,073.00 

Operation of Plant 

Salaries $ 16,220.00 

Supplies 3,500.00 

Fuel 8,000.00 

Water 350.00 

Gas ; 650.00 

Electricity 6,400.00 

Plowing' ." 1,000.00 

Telephones 1,500.00 

Related Insurance 33.00 

Related Blue Cross - Blue Shield 397.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF PLANT $ 38,550.00 

Maintenance of Plant 

Instructional Equipment $ 1,200.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 1,500.00 

Replacements 800.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT $ 3.800.00 

Non-Instructional Services 

Library S 4,000.00 

School Nurse 2,450.00 

School Physician 400.00 

Ear and Eye Tests .. 200.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Middlesex County Retirement System Assessment .... 2,000.00 

Insurance .'. '. 4,100.00 

Related Blue Cross - Blue Shield and Insurance 108.00 

Miscellaneous 750.00 

TOTAL AUXILIARY AGENCIES $ 14,158.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 91 



Outlay 

Tablet Armchairs . $ 600.00 

Tote Trays 60.00 

Freezer for Home Economics 220.00 

Music — Instruments and Equipment 1,161.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 



TOTAL OUTLAY S 2.441.00 

Transportation 

Pupil Transportation ...$ 36,704.00 

Field Trips 500.00 

Contingencies 1,926.00 >;• 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 39,130.00 

Special Charges 

70% Blanchard Auditorium 1962 Operating Expense $ 6,370.00 



Miscellaneous 



$ 1,000.00 



RECAPITULATION 

Administration $ 12,947.00 

Expenses of Instruction 386,073.00 

Operation of Plant 38,550.00 

Maintenance of Plant 3,800.00 

Non-Instructional Services 14,158.00 

Outlay 2,441.00 

Transportation 39,130.00 

Special Charges 6,370.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE & OPERATION ....$504,469.00 

Capital Cost, Debt Service $147,550.00 

Non-Classified, School Athletic Fund $ 12,742.00 

GRAND TOTAL $664,761.00 



Gross Operating Budget $504,469.00 

Less (I) Bal. of 1962 Oper. Budget ....$ 2,668.41 
(2) 1961-62 Transportation 

Reimbursement 24,714.00 27,382.41 



$477,086.59 



Debt Service 

Interest $ 37,550.00 

Maturing Debt $1 10,000.00 

Less: State Aid 65.400.00 



$ 44.600.00 



92 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Non-Classified 



School Athletic Fund 



$ 12,742.00 
$571,978.59 



Apportionment of the Charges to be Assessed 
Against the Towns of Acton and Boxborough 

Year 1963 

ACTON 

^Operating Expenses. 91.8% of $465,096.59** $426,958.67 

Cost of Transportation 31,104.00 

Less Reimbursement (61-62) 19,314.00 ■ 11,790.00 

Debt Service, 95% of $82,150.00 .... 78,042.50 

Non-Ckssified, 91,8% of $12,742.00 11,697.16 

$528,488.33 



! 



BOXBOROUGH 

^Operating Expenses. 8.2% of $465,096.59** $ 38,137.92 

Cost of Transportation 5.600.00 

Less Reimbursement (61-62) 5,400.00 200.00 

Debt Service, 5% of $82,150.00 .... 4,107.50 

Non-Classified, 8.2% of $12,742.00 1,044.84 



$ 43,490.26 
$571,978.59 



: Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/62 
Boxborough Student Enrollment 
10/1/62 

'Gross Operating Budget 

Less $2,668.41 (12/31/62 bal.) 
Less Combined Acton and Boxbo- 
rough Cost of Transportation 
(contract amounts) 



842 



75 



917 



$504,469.00 
-2,668.41 



-36,704.00 
$465,096.59 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1962 

Balance, December 31, 1961 $233,945.01 

Receipts, 1962: 

Town of Acton $448,800.03 

Town of Boxborough 38,760.18 

State Aid for Construction 65,485.89 

Federal Aid 31,421.71 

Transportation Reimbursement 24,714.00 

School Lunch 49,895.85 

School Athletics 1,260.34 

Federal Taxes 47,435.46 

State Taxes 4,354.11 

Teachers' Retirement 14,035.50 

Countv Retirement 1,862.23 

Teachers' Insurance 711.65 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,809.88 

Group Life Insurance 426.36 

United Fund 5.00 

Tuition 200.00 

Miscellaneous 939.40 

Total Receipts $734,117.59 

Total $968,062.60 



94 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1962 

Disbursements, 1962 

Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control ...$ 11,599.92 

Expenses of Instruction v 308,193.86 

Operation of Plant .. 37,300.61 

Maintenance 2,448.14 

Auxiliary Agencies 16,255.64 

Outlay 1,268.89 

Transportation » 35.753.16 

Special Charges 5,880.00 

Miscellaneous ; 354.37 

School Lunch 48,140.64 

School Athletics 4,455.63 

Federal Taxes 47,435.46 

State Taxes 4,312.36 

Teachers' Retirement 14,035.50 

County Retirement 1,862.23 

Teachers' Insurance 711.65 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,809.88 

Group Life Insurance 426.36 

United Fund 5.00 

Federal Aid 25,873.20 

Land Acquisition 18,333.18 

School Construction 135,757.31 

Payment on Principal 110,000.00 

Interest on Debt 40,745.00! 



Total Disbursements $874,957.99 

Balance, Dcember 31, 1962 93,104.61 



$968,062.60 



PRISCILLA FELT 
Treasurer 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 95 



SECTION D 



REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 96 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 97 

REPORT OF THE ACTON BUILDING COMMITTEE 97 

REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 98 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS .. 99 

REPORT OF THE ACTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION .. 100 

CIVIL DEFENSE REPORT 102 

REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 103 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 1 03 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 103 

ACTON ENINEERJNG DEPARTMENT 104 

REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 1 1 1 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND ...... 113 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 113 

REPORT OF THE TOWN NURSE , 117 

REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 1 1 9 

REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 120 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 121 

REPORT OF THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE 121 

LIBRARY REPORT 122 

REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 124 

REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 124 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 125 

REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 127 

REPORT OF THE PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS 

COMMITTEE 130 

PUBLIC WORKS STUDY COMMITTEE 137 

REPORT OF RECREATION COMMISSION 138 

REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES .... 139 

REPORT OF THE STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 139 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 140 

REPORT OF THE FOREST COMMITTEE 142 

REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 142 

REPORT OF THE VETERANS' AGENT 143 

REPORT OF THE WELFARE BOARD 143 

REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 1 45 



96 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

Archives Committee of the Town of Acton submits herewith its 
report for the vear 1962. 

The Committee has met several times during the vear and, at the 
request of some Town Boards, as well as some of the citizens of the 
Town, have assisted in locating the needed information. The Commit- 
tee members also assisted in the 19th of April celebration held in 
Acton this past vear. 

The Town Vault in the South Acton Fire Station is now in 
use and most of all the inactive documents and papers of the several 
boards have been transferred there. Bv the use of this vault for this 
purpose it has opened up a large space in the Town Hall Vault for the 
current material. 

It is planned soon after the first of the vear to have several 
volumes of records rebound, as well as to have microfilm work done 
this coming vear. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 
WARREN F. BIRCH 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

The Acton Board of Appeals held eight hearings during the vear 
1962 on the following matters: 

A. Permits for earth removal. 
Granted — 0; Denied — 1. 

B. Permits for Specific Uses. 
Granted — 0; Denied — 1. 

C. Variances from the requirements of the Protective Zoning 
By-Law. 

Granted — 3; Denied — 2. 

D. Appeals from decision of the Board of Selectmen. 
Granted — 0; Denied — 0; Decision Pending — 1. 

Respectfullv submitted. 

CRAIG E LUNDBERG 
WILLIAM C. SAWYER 
HAYWARD S. HOUGHTON 



REPORT OF THE ACTON BUILDING COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

In the vear 1962, the Acton Building Committee completed the 
four room addition to the Julia McCarthy School at a cost of ap 
proximately $117,500. The Architects Collaborative were engaged to 
prepare preliminary plans for a new twenty room classroom school to 
be located on Arlington Street. The preliminary plans have been 
drawn and approved bv the Committee and a special Town Meeting 
has been called for January 21, 1963 to appropriate funds for final 
plans. It is expected that this school will cost approximately $1,111,000. 

The Committee met during the year with the Library Trustees 
to discuss plans for a new 7 library or an addition to the present one. 

Preliminary plans have been discussed in connection with the 
location of a new Police Station and appropriate articles will be pre 



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sented at the Annual Town Meeting in March, 196?. The Committee 
spent countless hours investigating all available sites between Acton 
Center and Kelley's Comer. In conjunction with the Planning Board, 
the Committee is recommending to the Town that a site one-half way 
between Route 2 and Coughlin Street, on Main Street, be purchased. 
The land is available and the owner is willing to sell one-half acre and 
give a like amount to make up an acre site for the Police Station. 

The Committee wishes to thank the other Town Boards and the 
citizens of the Town for their cooperation during 1962. 

Respectfully submitted, 
LLOYD W. PRIEST, Chairman 
WARREN W. WHEELER 
KENNETH E. JEWELL 
ARNOLD H. MERCIER 
*EDWIN RICHTER 

Acton Building Committee 

* Representative from the School Committee 



REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith respectfully submit mv report for the year ending 
December 31, 1962. 

Permits Issued 

No. of 
Areas Permits Estimated Cost 

Business 

Business 13 $ 232,100.00 

Apartments 1 30,000.00 

Industrial 

Industrial 10 298,800.00 

Apartments 1 12,000.00 

Motel (Addition) 1 70,000.00 

Residential 

Single Dwelling 117 2,088,100.00 

Additions 60 102,335.00 

Duplex Dwellings .... 26 512,000.00 

Municipal 1 99,717.00 



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Kindergarten 1 7,000.00 

Religious Alterations . 2 1,800.00 

Total .. 233 $3,453,852.00 

Expenses 
Wages and Travel ........... . 3,845.25 

Supplies 38.30 

Total $3,883.55 

Fees Returned ....: $379.50 

Reciepts 

Fees for Permits $5,310.00 

All receipts were turned over to the Town Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT E. FOSTER 
Building Inspector 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

We hereby submit the following report for the vear ending De- 
cember 31, 1962. 

The Cemeterv department has received and paid into the treasury 
the sum of $3,060.98, which can be found itemized in the Treasurer's 
report, also the Collector's report will show that $479.50 was collected 
for the annual care of cemeterv lots not under perpetual care. 

The large circular stained glass window in the front of the Mem- 
orial Chapel has been repaired and returned to its place, also a heavy 
plate glass window has been placed on the outside of this window for 
its protection. The Chapel organ has been repaired and tuned recently 
and improvements have been made on the grounds surrounding the 
building. It is planned to have the roads around the Chapel oiled this 
coming year, all the cost of the above work and the oiling of the roads 
being taken care of bv the Varnum Tutde Fund. 

Sometime between the hour of 4:30 P.M. November 28th and 
the morning of the 29th, some person or persons entered Mt. Hope 



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Cemetery, in West Acton, and broke twentv-seven panes of glass in 
the windows of the Chapel, also thev tried to set a fire to the building 
where the truck was garaged, luckily the fire burnt itself out. We wish 
to point out that this is a very serious offense and it is punishable 
under the law and the Police Department is still investigating this 
matter. 

In view of this act of vandalism we have changed the Superinten- 
dent's office from Mt. Hope Cemeterv to the Chapel at Woodlawn 
Cemetery, where we feel that cemeterv records will be much safer for 
the time being. For the time being the department truck is being 
garaged at the West Fire Station. 

We have had the tool house (The Hearse House) which was 
in 1860 in Woodland Cemeterv, painted, repaired and lights installed 
so that light repairs can be made to the equipment of the depart- 
ment. With the fire underwriters insisting on more fire proof buildings 
it will soon be necessary for this department to ask for funds to build a 
combination office, garage, repair shop, receiving vaults, etc. We fee! 
that a suitable spot for this building would be next to the Morrison 
place on Concord Road on the land already owned bv this department. 

In closing, the Board wishes to thank the Clerical Staff at the Town 
Hall for their assistance and co-operation, the Police Department and 
also the employees of this department for their loval support this past 
year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
HARLAN E. TUTTLE 
HARRY E. HOLT 
HOWARD F. JONES 
Cemetery Commissioners 

REPORT OF THE ACTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

FOR THE YEAR 1 962 

The second Annual Report of the Conservation Commission is 
herewith submitted. During the vear 1962 the Commission met reg- 
ularly on the first Thursday of each month. The Commission was 
expanded to seiven members as previously authorized at the Special 
Town Meeting of December 1961. 

A major activity of the Commission was in the sponsorship of the 
Acton Conservation Trust. A public meeting was held in May, at 
which time a committee was formed to draw up the By-Laws of such 
a Trust. The By-Laws were accepted bv an incorporating meeting on 



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October 24th. These and other necessary papers were forwarded to 
the State House for approval as a non-taxable Incorporated Trust. 
Approval is expected early in 1963. 

Preservation of the Isaac Davis Trail has occupied the Commission 
for much of the year. Interest in the Trail was clearlv demonstrated 
on April 19th when an estimated 600 men, women and children from 
Acton and neighboring towns took part in the annual march. An accur- 
ate map of the Trail, as far as Great Road, was prepared (by the Plan- 
ning Board). Land owners along the Trail have been contacted by this 
Commission relative to preserving the Trail for the Town, and initial 
response has been encouraging. It is hoped that this portion of the 
Trail project can be completed in 1963. 

Since the writing of the previous report, the 1962 Legislature 
has passed an amendment to a previous Bill which now directs the 
Countv Commissioners to lav out a public right of way to Fort 
Pond through land in either Acton or Littleton. 

Other subjects of interest to the Town which are under con- 
sideration include: 

The submission of a Flood-Plain Zoning Bv-Law to the 
Planning Board for their consideration. 

Discussion of undesirable filling along certain town brooks 
and waterways, particularv Nashoba Brook. 

Better public access to and use of Town forests, especially the 
forest located North of Route 2, near the site of the proposed 
Elementary School on Arlington Street. 

Discussion of the Comprehensive Town Plan as applicable to 
conservation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ROBERT J. ELLIS, Chairman 
JOHN A. JEFFRIES, Jr. 
WILLIAM L. KINGMAN 
MRS. DAVID L. MAY 
JAMES M. SHEPARD 
DAVID P. TINKER 
THOMAS E. VVETHERBEE 



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CIVIL DEFENSE REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

During the past vear, two Civil Defence lectures were given 
at the invitation of social groups within the town. Approximately 
thirtv (30) pieces of various Civil Defence Publications were dis- 
tributed or mailed in response to specific inquiries. Fifteen hundred 
(1500) copies of Fallout Protection, pamplet H6, December 1961 
issue, were distributed with the warrant for the special town meeting 
of December 17, 1962. 

A survev of buildings in the Town of Acton to determine their 
usefulness as shelter spaces was conducted under the direction of the 
Corps of Engineers during the past vear. This survev showed that there 
are no buildings that meet the necessarv requirements to be marked or 
stocked as public fallout shelters. The buildings that were examined 
were lacking either in attenuation properties or in meeting minimum 
space requirements. Although the results of the survev were negative, 
attention is called to the suitabilitv of shelter spaces within the many 
private homes in the Town of Acton and in particular those with base- 
ments. Information illustrating how basements and other areas in 
the home mav be readilv adapted as fallout shelters is available from 
your Acton Civil Defense Agencv. 

As a result of the Cuban crisis in October of last vear, a sincere 
interest in Civil Defense was engendered in State officials and legis- 
lators. Governor John A. Volpe called a meeting of town and city 
officials in the Commonwealth and this meeting was attended bv vour 
selectmen and vour director. Subsequent to this meeting, additional 
funds became available to the Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency 
and several of its operations which had been curtailed or discontinued 
were reorganized. It is expected that the coming vear will see a better 
and more active coordination of Civil Defense activities within the 
State and extending through its officers to the local level. 

Respectfullv Submitted 

john f. Mclaughlin, 

Director Acton Civil Defence Agency 



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REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit mv report for the year ending 1962. 

Calls & Complaints investigated 198 

Notices to owners of unlicensed dogs 215 

Stray dogs picked up 37 

Dogs disposed of 7 

Dogs returned to owner 30 

Respectfully submitted, 
CARL W. FLINT, 

Dog Officer 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1962 

The Trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town 
Treasurer totaling $800.00 (Eight hundred dollars^. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HAZEL P. VOSE, 
ELEANOR P. WILSON, 
HELEN B. WOOD, 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 



REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorarle Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

I hereby, respectfully submit mv -report for the vear ending De- 
cember 31, 1962. 

During that time the following work was done bv the EngineeHng 
Department: 

L All routine work as more fully described in previous reports such as: 

1. Inspecting subdivision roads and drains; 

2. Checking new subdivision plans; 



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3. Surveying and engineering for the acceptance of public ways. 

4. Assisting and advising municipal agencies in engineering 
matters; 

5. Revising 'and up-dating town maps: 

6. Laving out and drawing up drain easements. 

II. Specific projects as requested and authorized: 

1. Field location work, preparatory for the laying out of the fol- 
lowing unsurveved roads: 

a.) Piper Road 

b.) Parker Street 

c.) Minot Avenue 

d.) Forest Road 

2. Topographic survey cf 28 acres of land purchased by the Town 
of Acton for School purposes; 

3. Designing drainage system for Central and Willow Streets in 
West Acton and supervising the installation of the 1962 work 
phase: 

4. Working on Assessor's Maps: 

5. Supervising the construction of a 4-classroom addition to the 
Julia McCarthy Elementary School: 

6. Preliminary layout design for the remodeling of the Acton 
Town Hall: 

Mv thanks go to all the citizens and citizens groups and to the 
members of the Town Administration for their co-operation, help and 
constructive criticism and I express the hope that the vear 1963 will sec 
an even greater utilization of the services that the Engineering Depart- 
ment can, and is willing to, provide. 

Respectfully submitted. 

FRED K. HANACK 

To\\'}i Engineer 

ACTON ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Who hasn't, at one time or the other, let his memories slip back 
into the past; back into those vears of happy vouth from which only 
the bright and gav moments seem to have survived and from which 
all those sad intervals have been veiled by a curtain of gracious for- 
getting? We all have! And aren't all those pictures of memories always 
filled with the beauty of the land, its forests and apple orchards, its 
ripe corn fields and its meadow T s roaming with cattle; or the steeple 
of the village church in its white splendor reaching into the blue eternity 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 105 

of the morning sky; or the majestic wonders of our New England foliage 
knitted like a carpet of miracles; or the gay laughter of children diving 
and swimming in one of the numerous little creeks or puddles that 
nature so abundantly has dotted onto our land; or a yellow light beam 
from a kitchen window being reflected bv the silent white of a thick 
blanket of snow as it covers God's nature as well as man's efforts? 

Those are our memories; but how little is left of the things 
remembered: Cattle no longer roam the pastures, apple orchards have 
given way to subdivisions; meadows been filled, streets widened to 
accomodate the ever-growing traffic volume, and high-power tension 
wires cut across the face of the land of our memories to feed the needed 
industry as well as make possible the conveniences that all of us are 
accustomed to. 

This change is part of growth, just as it is part of our lives. We 
all know the reasons for this change and we know the inevitable effects 
of it, even though we sometimes pretend that they do not exist, because 
we don't want to see them as we close our eves. Still, life goes on and 
the sounds of hammers and saws are the clairons of that change. 

These vears of rapid transition from a purely agricultural com- 
munity into a suburban satellite are the most drastic and dramatic 
ones. Drastic, because they pose problems of materia] changes, and 
dramatic because they require changes in attitudes and prevailing 
modes. Both of these types of changes can only be successfully mastered 
through ambitious and honest-to-goodness participation in the munici- 
pal affairs bv every citizen in the Town, however diversified and per- 
sonal his attitude mav be. 

It is especially gratifying to see that both, the Board of Selectmen 
and the Planning Board, had the clear vision of these changes at an 
early time, and that they brought them into the focus of public atten- 
tion, at the same time calling for guidance in the mastering of these 
growth problems before they became nuisances. 

For this reason the Planning Board in 1954 retained the services 
of Mr. Roger Hilton, on a part-time basis, to aid and assist the Board 
in its task to provide a harmonious and intergrated growth. The) selec 
tion of Mr. Hilton for the job of part-time agent of the Planning 

T"> 1 l " 

Board was eminently wise since he brought with him over 20 years 
of experience as County Engineer and well-reputed surveyor. During 
that time Rules and Regulations were adopted which set minimum 
standards for new subdivisions. In 1959 the Planning Board hired 
Charles Downe Associates, municipal planners, for the job of eva!u 
ating the. Town and to draw up a guide for the further integrated 
growth of the Town. This job was completed in 1961 with the 
publication of the Master Plan. Also in 1961, another report was 



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submitted to the Town, the Fort Pond Brook drainage study, by Fay, 
Spofford and Thorndike, of Boston. 

All thjese plans, rules and recommendations needed follow-up, 
inspection and implementation, and soon it became evident that 
the earlier make-shift operation through part-time* inspection was 
unsatisf acton 7 . Therefore, in 1960 the Town, at the Annual Town 
Meeting, voted to establish an Engineering Department. Based on 
this vote, the Board of Selectmen, on September 6, 1960, hired Mr. 
Fred K. Hanack for the job of Town Engineer, to work under the 
authority of the Board of Selectmen. Fred Hanack is a graduate of 
the Berlin Poly technical Institute w 7 ith a Bachelors Degree in Civil 
Engineering, and he holds a Masters Degree in Business Admini- 
stration from Northeastern University. He is a Registered Engineer 
in Massachusetts and has head several professional jobs of responsible 
nature with engineering and construction firms, such as Geo. A. Fuller 
Co., Anderson-Nichols and Co., Metcalf and Eddy; Cabot, and Cabot 
Forbes Assoc, totalling 7 vears before coming to Acton. He holds mem- 
bership in the American Societv of Civil Enginers (where he belongs to 
the Legislative Counsel of the local Chapter), in the American Institute 
of Planners and in the Massachusetts Societv of Municipal Engineers. 

Since one man alone can reallv not satifactorilv do anv surveying 
work (unless he has an extremely long arm) the Department soon 
added Mr. Lewis L. Bowker, Jr. to its staff. Lew is Bovvker is a graduate 
of the New 7 York Ranger School and has practiced surveying for over 
10 years partially as employee and partially as employer himself. He 
is a Registered Land Surveyor in New York and Massachusetts and 
is a member of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. 
During last year's summer vacation, a college student was hired as 
a rodman. It is hoped that this practice can be maintained for many 
years and that through long-range scheduling of the work load the 
need for such a full-time position can be postponed. 

It speaks very well for the general atmosphere and understanding 
in the Town that the Engineering Department had a free hand in the 
selection of equipment, materials and books so that in no instance work 
could not be executed for lack of proper tools. 

And last, but not least, in the summer 1962, the Police Department 
turned over to the Engineers their old cruiser which was ready for 
trade-in, in accordance with the vote of the Annual 7 own Meeting. 

For all those who do not know 7 the present hide-out of the Engineer- 
ing Department: It is presently housed in the upper floor of the Center 
Fire Station, and even one is cordially invited to come and see the work 
being done there. 



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The first job of the Engineering Department was to set up policies 
and to delineate its scope, eliminating both overlap with the juris- 
diction of other agencies and areas of "no man's land" between municipal 
bodies of similar jurisdiction. It also meant the establishment of full- 
time inspection. This first phase was the most difficult one, since it 
trespassed upon the sacred territory of habit, pattern and tradition. 
However, as the Engineering Department became more and more 
a "fait accompli" these' barriers vanished and gave way to a fruitful 
co-operation in the best interest of the general public. 

The next step consisted of exhaustive search through existing 
records and plans to establish a skeleton of maps which could form 
the basis of a modern town and tax map. Manv a day was spent in 
the Concord Town Hall, wheTe the originals of historic documents 
are preserved, in the pursuit of this research. As a result of these 
findings it can be said that we all can take great pride in the part 
our Town has played in Historv. It certainly is a long way from the 
"First Division of Concord", as the general distribution of the land 
was called that was bought in 1660 from the "Ingenes of Mashoba" 
— for the sum of 1 5 pounds at 6 a peny" — The Town now possesses a 
complete set of geological maps, U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey 
Plans, all Railroad maps, Co-ordinates, aerial photos, County Engineers 
road lavout plans, plans of the gas and water distribution systems. 
Fire Alarm grid maps and up-to-date Town and zoning maps. 

After this preparatory research work was completed the Town 
authorized the Engineering Department to proceed w ith the preparation 
of a Town Atlas (or Assessor's Map, as it often is called). Since the 
summer months, logically, are reserved for field work, this work presently 
proceeds during the winter months and it should be completed in its 
rough draft by the end of this winter, reserving the next w inter 1963/64 
for the final completion and publication of the Atlas. This Atlas will 
show every piece of land in the Town in relation to the neighbor's 
land, and it will be of great value to every property owner in Town. It 
is hoped that everybody whose help is requested in this program will 
kindly offer any assistance he can give. 

The second major task confronting the Engineering Department 
was the surveying and engineering work in connection with the 
laying-out of public roads. Most of our roads in Town are "ancient 
way." That means that they owe their existence to a voluntary surren- 
der and setting-aside of privately-owned land for travel purposes for the 
general public. In most instances the land so reserved was marked by 
stone walls, which were a useful way of getting rid of all the stones in 
the area. Unfortunately, most of these roads were not designed with 
today's traffic needs in mind. Therefore, we find that, sooner or later, all 
of these ways must be improved, widened and re-constructed. For this 



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purpose the Engineering Department, during summer months, has 
surveyed, and will continue to do so, the physical location of those 
roads that presently are traversing sparsely settled areas to preclude the 
construction of buildings so close to the side line that future street 
widening will conflict with these new houses. This work will enable 
the Engineering Department to design streets with a minimum of 
damage to existing property and still meeting the standards and 
criteria of modern roads. 

These two projects just described are long-range projects. They 
will be filled into the daily routine work. Thev are the glamour jobs 
that can be polished up and exhibited and thev show a clearly visible 
result at the end of the project. However, the bread and butter jobs 
are the ones that keep the Engineering Department busy. They consist, 
to a large degree, of subdivision work beginning with the preliminary 
subdivision plans as thev. are submitted to the Planning Board. The 
Town Engineer, at this early stage of the game, walks the area with 
the land owner and his engineer to determine the suitability of the 
land and the necessity for possible basic changes. He does the same 
with the Definitive Plan, advising the Planning Board in engineering 
matters before approval is given. After such approval, it is the duty of 
the Engineering Department to ascertain that all utilities construction 
in the roads and easements is done in conformity with the Planning 
Board's Rules and Regulations, or that any deviation from them is 
according to sound engineering practices. This phase of the work has 
already produced a marked improvement in the quality of roads and 
it will continue to ensure uniformity of standards throughout the Town. 

Being an agent of the Planning Board, the Town Engineer 
naturally is charged with the implementation of the Master Plan 
and other recommendations. He is also likelv to be the first one to 
advise the Board of any changes in patterns and recommend counter 
actions, because as the Master Plan motivates changes in patterns so do 
reverses in trends change the base of the Master Plan. 

Another large segment of the work load consists of the design of 
public works projects done bv the Tow r n forces, such as drainage in- 
stallation, culverts, sidewalks, and all similar projects. The Engineer- 
ing Department does all basic survey work, prepares the plans and 
estimates, writes the specifications and supervises the construction, if 
so requested. It can also handle the design for additions and alterations 
to existing Town structures and buildings, if so needed. 

During the past year it has given advice and aid to several munici 
pal agencies and, since, out of necessity, most of the elected and ap- 
pointed officials are available only during the evenings a great deal of 
such work took place in evening meetings with boards such as: The 



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Field Surveying 

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Computation of Field Data 



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Stereo ploting for Assessor's maps 



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Recreation Commission on the question of recreation land; the Con- 
servation Commission on its task to provide access to Fort Pond, as 
well as for the setting aside of lands suitable for future preservation 
use; the Board of Health in its determination of high water marks; 
the Board of Selectmen on the laving out of easements, and on phases 
of Chapter 90 Construction; also bv assigning street numbers to new 
buildings and bv certifying compliance with zoning and subdivision 
By-Laws on Building Permit Applications; the Industrial Development 
Commission on questions concerning the re-zoning of residential land 
to industrial uses; the Building Committee bv supervising the four 
classroom addition to the Julia McCarthy Elementary School (this 
work resulted in a $1,500.00 savings to the Town bl eliminating the 
clerk-of-the-works allowed for in the construction budget); the School 
Committee bv making a topographic survey of a 28-acre lot owned bv 
the Town for School Construction purposes (also saving the Town ap- 
proximately $1,500.00 in surveying fees to outside engineers). Even 
though these two last-mentioned functions are onlv by-products of the 
day-to-day work schedule and not indicative of any intention on the 
Town's part to exclude any outside engineering consultations, thev in- 
dicate that the Engineering Department under its present set-up is versa- 
tile enough to cope with a wide variety of tasks. It, therefore, is not sur- 
prising to learn that the Planning Board, for instance, has requested 
the Board of Selectmen to assign the job of determining a wetland 
zone along Fort Pond Brook to the Engineering Department for 1963 
as part of the implementation to the Fort Pond Brook drainage recom- 
mendation. The establishment of such a wetland area will help to 
prevent health problems resulting from failures of septic tank systems 
in lowlands. Some preliminary work to this had already been done by 
the Engineering Department by marking high flood and melt water 
elevations on every culvert and bridge in Town. Anv person interested 
in building or farming in this Town, who is in doubt about high-water 
problems, soil conditions and other pertinent questions is invited to 
discuss his problems with the Town Engineer who is only too glad 
to help. Just bear in mind that the Engineering Department, like all 
other departments, is part of your Town and that our aim is the same: 
To promote a wejl-balanced and orderly growth of our Town of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit mv thirtieth annual report of the Fire Depart- 
ment for the vear ending December 31, 1962. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 11 

N on -Residential 1 

Mercantile 1 

Manufacturing 2 

Storage 1 

Public Utilities 1 

Miscellaneous 7 

Grass and Brush 74 

Automobile, etc 17 

False Alarms 5 

Smoke scares and accidental alarms 32 

Accidents and Fmergencies 42 

Out of Town 11 

205 

Loss to buildings $10,885.47 

Loss to contents 10,948.29 

Loss to automobiles 1,825.00 



$23,658.76 

Permits Issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 161 

Bottled Gas 29 

Blasting 30 

Open Air Fires 997 

Inspections and investigations 1,338 



2,555 



Collected for permits $109.50 

Collected Rents at Station No. 1 70.00 

Collected Rents at Station No. 2 35.00 

Collected Rents at Sation No. 3 325.00 

$539.50 



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Under Article 58, the fire alarm has been extended in South 
Acton along Martin, Stow, Robbins and Liberty Streets. Also street fire 
alarm boxes have been installed at the following locations: 

Box 23 on Stow Street at Martin Street 
Box 233 on Stow Street at Robbins Street 
Box 234 on Stow Street near Stow Line 
Box 235 on Robbins Street at Billings Street 
Box 237 on Liberty Street at Robbins Street 
Box 238 on Liberty Street near Stow Line 
Box 2315 on Martin Street near end 

Under Article 59, a new emergency generator has been installed 
and put into service at the West Acton Fire Station, 

Under Article 60, this was for a hydrant on Pope Road but because 
of other activities we were unable to get it finished this year. 

1963 Program 

Stabilization Fund - $10;000.00. 

Emergency Power Generator: 

A Generator to be installed in the South Acton Fire Station to 
take care of that building in case of power failure. 

Fire Alarm Extension: 

This extension would be known as the southeasterly circuit and 
would split the present circuit which is now overloaded. By splitting 
the circuit, half would cover High Street, Parker Street, Indepen- 
dence Road and River Street. The other half would cover School Street, 
Piper Road, Hosmer Street and Laws Brook Road. 

I have inserted an article in the warrant for a few full time fire 
fighters. 

I feel that if mv plan is adopted it will be the most economical 
arrangement and still get the necessary coverage in fire protection. 
Also I feel this plan will forestall getting into a permanent department 
for at least another five years. 

The plan is to have two fire fighters working in each station 
from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. six days a week with one fire fighter 
working two days a week in each station to cover days off. The stations 
should be covered seven davs a week daytime only, because this is the 
time we are short of men. 

In closing, 1 wish to thank the fire fighters and auxiliary for their 
co-operation throughout the vear. I, also, wish to thank the Board of 
Selectmen, the Finance Committee, the Clerical Staff at the Town 



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Hall, and all others who have contributed to the support and operation 
of the Fire Department. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
H.S. MacGREGOR, 

Chief of Fire Department. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the year ending December 31, 1962 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $ 465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 

— $3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank 18.60 

Concord Co-operative Bank 120.00 

138.60 

EXPENDITURES 
Treasurer of the Evangelical Church in Acton .... 118.60 
Town of Acton for the perpetual care of Goodnow 

Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 

138.60 

THELMA L. BOATMAN, TR. 
CLARK C. McELVEIN 
JAMES N. GATES 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1962, together with the reports of other departments 
connected with it. 

During the past year the Massachusetts Department of Public 
Health adopted minimum requirements for the disposal of Sanitary 



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Sewerage in unsewered areas. The Town of Acton falls into this 
category. The new sanitary code requires that all preliminary work re- 
lating to sewerage disposal on new systems be done by a qualified 
engineer and that plans for sewerage disposal works be submitted 
before a permit is issued for such work. 

The Board now requires that all permits for sewerage disposal 
works on a new construction be accompanied by a detailed drawing 
showing the location of the system, size of the system, house and lot 
lines, along with the results of the percolation test and soil analysis. 
All of the work to be done bv a Registered Sanitary Engineer, at the 
builder's expense. 

The Town of Acton has unique problems involved in sewerage 
disposal due to ground water, ledge, clay and surface water so that 
each individual system needs to be studied with these problems in 
mind. Each system is designed on an individual basis, taking into con- 
sideration all of the factors that each lot presents to arrive at a solution. 

According to the rules and regulations of the State Health Depart- 
ment and the local Board of Health, it is possible to build on sub- 
marginal land by filling in the land to bring it up to required height, so 
that the bottom of the distribution line be four feet above high water. 
This allows land along brooks and streams and on the edge of wet 
lands to be used for home building. 

The Town Boards sense that it is the feeling of the townspeople 
that such land not be used for building purposes. To accomplish this 
objective, the Board of Health recommends that the town adopt flood 
plain zoning, to take the marginal land out of circulation until such 
time as the town has municipal sewerage. 

During the past year the Board of Health has cooperated with 
the League of Women Voters in conducting a survey of the Town of 
Acton. The Board wishes to thank the League of Women Voters for 
their great effort and feels that the information acquired will be of 
great importance to the town in planning for the future. On the basis 
of answers to the question on the survey which asked "should 
the town take steps to acquire land for a municipal sewerage disposal 
works, said land to be held until such time as the town decides to have 
a treatment plant for sewerage of its own?" over 85% of the people an- 
swered "YES" to this question. As there are only two or three such 
sites that might be used for such a purpose, the Acton Board of Health 
recommends that the Board of Selectmen initiate action that would 
acquire a suitable amount of land for such purposes, while it is still 
available. 

Acton does not have municipal sewerage. All sewerage disposed 



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in Acton depends on the proper working of individual systems, com- 
posed of a septic tank to digest the solids to liquid and a leaching field 
to distribute the liquid offluent for ground absorption. 

To assure proper function of each svstem, the Board of Health 
recommends the following: 

1. Know where vour septic tank and leaqhing field are 
located. 

2. Do not plant trees near the leaching area or allow heavy 
equipment to be brought onto it. 

3. Have vour septic tank checked by a qualified person at 
least once a year. When the solid portion in the top and 
bottom of the tank exceed 1/3 of the total capacity, it is 
time to have it pumped out. 

4. Spread the water use in the house out over the week so 
that it is even. That is, don't do all the wash on Mondays 
or take all vour baths on Saturdays. By spreading out the 
demand, it will allow a proper amount of time for ground 
absorption, particularlv during rainv periods. 

During the month of July, 1962 Mrs. Dorothy Turner, who had 
faithfully served the Board for seven vears, resigned from her position 
as Clerk in the ofhce of the Board of Health. 

The Board has held regular meetings every second and fourth 
Mondav of each month. Whenever necessary special meetings were 
held. Visitors are alwavs welcome to attend these meetings. 

During the year regular inspections of schools, food handling 
establishments, milk dealers, kindergartens, nurserv schools, rest 
homes, etc., have been made. 

Water samples have been tested whenever it was considered 
necessary. 

Mosquito control sprav was provided during the spring and sum- 
mer. 

The Board of Health has worked constantly for health standards 
throughout the community. 

The Board sponsored the usual clinics, namely, Diptheria and 
Tetanus immunizations, Dental clinic, Tuberculin clinic and Dog 
rabies immunization. A Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine Clinic, was also held 
in May. 

We have no cases of TB in hospitals at present. The Middlesex- 
County Sanatorium at Waltham provides a clinic for free chest X-Ray. 
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and 



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on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
It is suggested that people take advantage of this free clinic. 

The Town provides a garbage collection. No rubbish collection is 
provided; however, the Town maintains a Dump for the convenience 
of the residents of Acton. 

We would appreciate all communicable diseases be reported either 
by an attending physician or the householder. (Chapter 111, General 
Laws of Massachusetts). 

There were 299 cases of contagious diseases reported during the 
year 1962. 

Cases Reported: 

Scarlet fever and strepto throat 5 

Chicken Pox 18 

Measles 253 

German Measles 

Dog Bites 6 

Mumps 14 

Tuberculosis 1 

Infectious Hepatitis 2 

Syphilis 2 

There were 10 premature births reported during 1962. 

The services of the Town Nurse are available for those who 
cannot pay for emergency nursing care. Those who are financially able 
are required to pay a small fee for each visit. These services are offered 
only under guidance of a physician. She may be reached by calling 
the' Board of Health Office CO 3-4736. 

The following permits and licenses were issued: 

Sewage disposal permits 171 

Total amount collected for these $2,150.00 

Offal transport permits 3 

Catering permits 1 

Overnight cabins and camps 3 

Methyl alcohol permits 10 

Kindergarten and Nursery school 9 

Store milk license 21 

Milk Dealers License 12 

Massage license 1 

Amount collected for these permits $63.00 

Nursing and Rest Homes inspected 3 

Eating and Food dispensing 

establishments inspected 10 



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Burial permits issued 24 

Plumbing permits issued 179 

Amount collected $1,990.00 

Amount collected from Town Nurse $ 940.00 

Total amount received and deposited with the 
Town Treasurer for year ending 
December 31, 1962 $5,143.00 

The Board of Health wishes to thank all those who contributed 
to its progress for the year 1962. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N., Chairman 
ROBERT C. HEUSTIS, R.S. 
DAVID L. SMITH, M.D. 



REPORT OF THE TOWN NURSE 

To The Board Of Health: 

I hereby submit mv report for the vear ending December 31, 1962. 

Total number of visits made include paid and unpaid calls, Old 
Age Persons, persons receiving general relief; or, aid to Dependent 
children; or Veterans on Aid and their Dependents, are not charged 
the usual fee of $1.00 (one dollar) per Visit. 

Total 1,224 

All paid visits are made under a Doctor's supervision. 
Total 944 

Health supervision for adults and children is verv important as it 
gives us (Mrs. Lvdia Rhodes R.N. and myself) an opportunity to 
acquaint the townspeople with the facilities of the Emerson Hospital 
(especially the pre-natal clinic and the physical therapy department) 
The Concord Family Service, the Walden Clinic for Children (psychi- 
atric) the School for Retarded Children, the Church Groups who help 
the Older Citizens, and the Red Cross and Acton Center Woman's 
Club who obtain drivers for persons not able to drive themselves to 
Doctors or hospitals. 

A great deal of cooperation comes from our own Welfare Depart- 
ment with Mrs. Coombs as Agent. 

Trips to hospitals and doctors with patients 20 



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Public Health Clinics held during the year in cooperation with 
Mrs. Olsen R.N. and the School Department are as follows: 

Sixteen (16) Dental Clinics were held at Dr. McQueen's office 

Tuberculin Testing (usually in November) 373 

Positive reactors (now being X-Rayed) 15 

Diptheria Clinics (usually in March) - with boosters of Tetanus 
and Diptheria for Grades I, 5 and 9 are given. 

We assisted Mrs. Olsen at Preschool Clinic in April. 

The Department of Public Health also held a general X-Ray 
program in May of 1962 and 695 persons attended. 

8— cases of Inactive T.B. were found 

4— suspect cases 

4— other chest conditions 

Also in May and June, the Board of Health conducted its first 
Sabin (Oral) Poliomveletis vaccine Clinic. Children from the age of 3 
months to 7 vears recived Type I and Type III Vaccine with the per- 
mission of the parents. We were very gratified that 1,651 persons re- 
ceived the Oral Vaccine without any severe reactions. We plan to give 
the Vaccine to all other children and adults in 1963. 

We were fortunate to have a Public Health student from the 
Burbank Hospital School of Nursing for eight weeks - Miss Mealey 
enjoyed the experience and I certainly think it would be a boon for 
Acton's Public Health Program to maintain this association and have 
other students to stimulate our community. 

Kindergarten, playground and 

Scout Camp Inspections 12 

Total Amount of fees received and turned 

over to the Town Treasurer S 940.00 

I wish to thank all those who have assisted me during the year, 
especially Mrs. Lvdia Rhodes, Mrs. Hazel Vose and our former Secre- 
tary, Mrs. D. Tqrner. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EILEEN F. HALE, Town \urse 




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REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

January 14, 1963 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

We cannot report striking progress within our sphere of activity 
during 1962 if progress is to be defined as the location of new industries 
in Acton. We can report continued effort along this line as well as a 
branching out into equally important though less dramatic areas. 
Specifically : 

1.) For the second year in a row, Rep. Vernon L. Fletcher filed 
a bill in the State Legislature which would have directed the Com- 
missioner of Correction to pass a title to the Town of Acton on 125 
industrially-zoned acres of Concord Reformatory Farmland lying be- 
tween Hosmer Street and the Concord line on the south side of Route 
2. Upon passage of the bill, this acreage would have been offered for 
sale by the Town for industrial use with proceeds of the sale to be 
returned to the Commonwealth. Unhappily, the bill was reported 
unfavorably bv the initial committe in spite of our own work and the 
excellent assistance of Rep. Fletcher. The presumed interest of the 
State Police in a section of Concord Reformatory farmland on the other 
side of Route 2 as a site for a training academy was our major 
stumbling block. A similar bill has just been refiled and we will be 
asking specific aid from you, the Selectmen, as well as from the 
citizenry of Acton in promoting the Town's case. It is incredible to us 
that acreage of this tvpe can continue to be considered as proper for 
either farm or Academy use. 

2.) Specific inquiries concerning possible industrial sites from 
two well-known and desirable companies in the fields of specialized 
textiles and light chemicals have been received and answered in detail. 
No decisions have as vet been made by either company. 

3.) We have just begun to get our feet wet in the mediation of 
relatively rare complaints by residents against local industrial firms. It 
is obvious that there must always be two sides to every question and 
we feel that our particular group can be of positive service to both 
parties as a sounding board and as a medium through which a mutually 
acceptable solution may be reached with no residue of ill will on either 
side. 

4.) We have consulted with the Planning Board when called 
upon and with such companies as Air Reduction and Dewey and Almv 
concerning industrial performance standards and other matters affect- 
ing present and future industry. Here again, it is well that the several 



120 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

points of view on any question be brought out before decisions are 
reached. 

5.) May we take this opportunity to record our welcome to 
Wickes Corp. which on its own initiative has chosen to locate a new 
branch on Route 27 in North Acton. 

6.) Aubrev L. Beck, who is associated with Air Reduction, com- 
pleted his term on the Commission this past year. His experience in a 
local industry was most valuable to us. Paul M. McPherson, President 
of McPherson Instrument Corp. on Main Street in Acton Center, has 
replaced him. 

7.) A final note: we are pleased to have had an observer from the 
Acton League of Women Voters attend all of our meetings for several 
months. These meetings (8:00 P.M. - Town Hall - 2nd and 4th Wed- 
nesdays) are open to all and we would be delighted to see any who 
have an interest in or questions concerning the economic development 
of Acton. 

ALLEN M. CHRISTOFFERSON 
PAUL H. LESURE 
STEPHEN E. LORD 
PAUL M. McPHERSON 
RICHARD J. O'NEIL, Clerk 
FREDERICK H. BUBIER, Chairman 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the vear ending 1962. 

Premises Inspected 30 

Cows 236 

Young cattle 15 

Bulls 6 

Steer 8 

Swine 1 

Sheep 15 

Goats 3 

Horses & Ponies 57 

Dog bites . 24 



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Dogs Quarantined 24 

Rabies 



Respectfully submitted, 
CARL W. FLINT, 

Animal Inspector 



REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

January 14, 1963 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for the year 
ending December 31, 1962. 

Two hundred fifty eight permits were issued. The sum of One 
Thousand Seven Hundred fifty one dollars and fifty cents, ($1,751.50) 
was collected in fees for these permits, and turned over to the Treas- 
urer. 

Respectfully submitted, 
LESLIE F. PARKE 

Inspector of Wires 



REPORT OF THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE 

January 14 ; 1963 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

The following will serve as a report from the Insurance Committee 
for the year 1962: 

The Insurance Program continued to work out satisfactorily and 
stayed verv close to the predicted budget. For the year 1963 there will 
be a slight reduction in over-all costs due to the fact that the adjus- 
ments for the year 1962 produced an excess load in that particular 
fiscal year, which will now be balanced out. 



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The onlv outstanding recommendation of the Insurance Com- 
mittee of great importance is again the desirability of the Town pur- 
chasing Public Liability Insurance to cover activities in all public 
buildings and the operations of the Highway Department. The only 
additional building under the fire schedule is the West Acton branch 
of the Librarv and since this is contained in a building used as a 
dwelling, it does not qualify for institutional form and, therefore, must 
be covered under the Standard Fire & Extended Coverage policies. 

Respectfullv submitted, 
DAVID P. TINKER 
RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
CHARLES M. MacCRAE 
THERON A. LOWDEN 
THOMAS MOTLEY, Chairman 



LIBRARY REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit the following report for 1962: 



Richard A. Bodge 
*W. W. Forbes, M. D. 
A. Frank Garbarino 
Louise M. Gardiner 
Dudlev F. Howe 

* resigned 
** deceased 



Board of Trustees 

Roland R. MacLean 
Florence Merriam 
Mildred Pope Moore 
Marvin L. Tolf , Chairman 



** 



Librarv Hours 

Tuesday - Saturdav (inch) 

1 - 6 P. M. and 7-9 P. M. 



Marian L. Piper 
Marion M. Armstrong 
Edna R. Custance 
Edna R. Custance 



Staff 



Librarian 

Library Assistant 

General Assistant 

Custodian 



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Accession 

Number of Volumes in Library January I, 1962 22,669 

Increase bv Purchase 1,109 

Increase by Gift 149 

Withdrawn 1,912 



Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 196? 22,015 

Circulation in 1962: 

Fiction 26,813 

Non-fiction 12,541 

Juvenile 25,061 



Total 64,415 

Circulation in 1961 52,757 

Receipts 

Fines $1,480.54 

Miscellaneous 39.60 



Total $1,520.14 

Work on the new charging system is progressing on schedule 
but the manv details involved prevent a rapid change over. 

The trustees have spent much time discussing a possible library 
expansion and a definite solution will probably be resolved in 1963. 

We wish to thank the Garden Club for the beautiful BoVv'er 
arrangements which they have provided throughout the season 
Thev have been a source of constant joy and we at the Library are 
most appreciative. 

Also, our thangs to the newly formed "Friends of the Library' 
for their present help and the sincere deside to do more as 
time passes. The UN display provided by the League of Woman 
Voters earned high praise from many and the children were especial- 
ly interested and impressed with the flags of manv nations. For 
the gifts of books and magazines we are trulv grateful. 

o o o 

Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. distance and Mrs. Piper took a ten- 
week course entitled "The Library in the Community." Classes 
were held at Leominster Public Library under the direction of 
Mr. Richard Morrill, Librarian, and on completion, certificates were 
issued and registered at the Division of Library Extension. 



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We appreciate vour loyalty to the Library as shown by the fact 
that vou read approximately one thousand more books per month in 
1962 than in 1961. Total circulation for 1962 was 64,415 volumes. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN L. PIPER 

Librarian. 



REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1962. The Moth De- 
partment removed 65 diseased elms in 1962. There are 6 diseased 
elms remaining to be removed in early 1963. 

A foliage spray was applied to all publicly owned elms in June. 
A sprav for control of aphis on maples and other susceptible trees is 
being considered for 1963. 

The poison ivy control program was continued, with emphasis 
around playgrounds and recreation areas of the Town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Moth Superintendent 



REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

This past year has indicated that the Personnel By-Law is a 
workable frame in which to administer consistent Personnel policies 
for all Town employees covered by such. With the realization that 
a dynamic policy to meet and anticipate change needs adjustments, 
we have submitted for approval, by the citizens of Acton, certain 
articles for the Annual Meeting. 

The Board was unanimous in support of the 5% general increase 
for "covered" employees. This is necessary to keep our people in their 
respective wage position in the State. The estimation of the cost for 
this, converted to tax rate base, is approximately 75 cents. 

We have grouped the amendments in one article. They are 
basically items that were under discussion, but not resolved, when 



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the By-Law was adopted; the creation of a new position, and the 
acknowledgement of an existing, now uniform, practice. 

The article for study in regard to the Fire Department is only 
necessary if the citizens vote for permanent personnel. It would be 
necessary to adjust and review the present Town By-Law and deter- 
mine job classification and work week requirements if so adopted by 
the Town. 

We are presently working in conjunction with Miss Milbery on 
the standardization of Personnel Forms and Records. 

The continuing aim of the Board is to help Acton's employees 
maintain the same favorable position that thev presentlv hold in 
wage and fringe benefits in the State. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CLYDE HORNE, Chairman 

PETER GRAY 

WILLIAM KEMP 

JOHN DARGIN 

WARREN NEWELL. Secretary 



REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1962 has been an active one for the Planning Board. As 
in past years the main activity has been the administration of the sub- 
division control law and improvement of the Town regulations there- 
under. We have found the sub-dividers anxious to co-operate in work- 
ing toward the continuance of our standards in our sub-division. 

New sub-divisions approved during the year were 

Frederick Abbt Strawberry Hill Road, Acton & Concord 

John McGloin Faulkner Hill, South Acton 

John Finigan Orchard Estates, West Acton 

James Anderson Barker's Pond Acres, South Acton 

Norman Corwin Agawam Road, West Acton 

M & L Corporation School & Hosmer Sts., South Acton 

Allan Jensen High Street, South Acton 

Azalea Park Pope Road, East Acton 

The work of the Board has not been confined to scheduled meet- 
ings. On the ground inspections have been required and the Board 
members have accompanied the Town Engineer in checking sub- 



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division lay-outs, inspecting roads and viewing our ever-present drainage 
problem. 

The Board also spent many hours preparing the changes in our 
zoning by-law for the annual meeting last March and for the special 
meeting held in December. 

In making manv of our decisions we have used the Comprehensive 
Town Plan as a guide. Used as a guide this Plan is a valuable source 
of information to the Planning Board and the Town. 

In the interest of better Town Government the Planning Board 
makes the following recommendations: that 

1. The Town emplov a counsel for all Boards rather than counsel 
to the Selectmen onlv. He should be available for telephone 
counsel at anv time and for meetings when asked. 

2. The Town again consider the employment of an administra- 
tive assistant to the Selectmen. 

3. The practice of a special Town Meeting in the fall, preferably 
in November, be continued. 

4. An energetic drainage program be carried out in the Fort Pond 
Brook water-shed to postpone as long as possible the need for 
sewerage. 

5. A quarterly meeting of all Boards be called bv the Selectmen 
to discuss their plans making for better communications be- 
tween the various Town bodies. 

6. A studv of the present zoning map with specific recommenda- 
tions for changes in the present industrial and business areas be 
presented to the Town Meeting in the fall of 1963. 

We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees and Departments 
of the Town for their co-operation during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID P. TINKER 
WILLIAM M. VEAZY 
DONALD E. DONNELLY 
C. JUDD FARLEY 
JOHN H. LORING 



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REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen : 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit mv sixth annual report for the Police Depart- 
ment for the vear ending December 31, 1962. This report includes all 
arrests and prosecutions, report on motor vehicle accidents, bicycle 
registrations, houses checked, parking violations, defective equipment 
tags, telephone calls received and other items. 

ARRESTS AND PROSECUTIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING 
OFFENSES: 

Abduction 1 

Adultery 2 

Allowing Improper Person to Operate a Motor Vehicle 1 

Assault and Battery 9 

Assault and Batterv on a Police Officer 1 

Assault to Commit Rape 1 

Carrying Firearm without a Permit 1 

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor 1 

Crossing Center Strip 1 

Delivering Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor 4 

Drunk 13 

Failing to Display Number Plates 1 

Failing to Give Turning Signal 1 

Failing to Keep Right 2 

Failing to Stop for a Police Officer 1 

Follovying too Closely 3 

Fugitive from Justice 2 

Impeded Operation 1 

Indecent Assault and Battery 1 

Illegitimacy 1 

Labor on the Lord's Day 1 

Larceny 4 

Law of the Road 2 

Making a False Prescription 1 

Malicious Injury to Property 7 

Manslaughter 1 

No License in Possession 14 

Non-Support 5 

No Registration in Possession 3 

Operating after Reyocation of License 4 

Operating after Suspension of License 4 



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Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 17 

Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle 11 

Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle 13 

Operating so as to Endanger 21 

Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor .... 11 

Operating without a License 15 

Operating without Lights 1 

Operating without Mud Flaps 1 

Passing on Wrong Side 2 

Passing Where View was Obstructed 3 

Red Light Violation 15 

Revolver in Motor Vehicle without a Permit 1 

School Bus Violation 20 

Speeding 237 

Spilling 4 

Statutory Rape * 2 

Stop Sign Violation 30 

Transporting on the Lord's Day 1 

Vagrancy 1 

Delinquent Child — Assault and Battery 4 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering Daytime 2 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering Nighttime .... 2 

Delinquent Child — Illegal Sale of Firecrackers 1 

Delinquent Child — Larceny 3 

Delinquent Child — Malicious injurv to Property 4 

Delinquent Child — Operating so as to Endanger 1 

Delinquent Child — Red Light Violation 1 

Delinquent Child — School Offender 1 

Delinquent Child — Speeding 5 

523 

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT: 1961 1962 

Total number of Accidents reported 139 141 

Total number of Accidents covered 

by the Department 126 121 

Number of Occupants Injured 52 29 

Number of Occupants killed 1 

Number of Pedestrians Injured 2 

Bicyclists injured 3 



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MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: 

Bicycles registered 861 

Complaints received and investigated 160 

Cruiser Ambulance trips to Acton Medical Center 15 

Cruiser Ambulance trips to Emerson Hospital 71 



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Cruiser trips to Metropolitan State Hospital 5 

Defective Equipment tickets given 33 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of business .. 48 

Electric Wires down and reported to Edison 15 

Emergencies Answered 96 

Fire Alarms Answered 125 

Houses Checked 262 

Motorists assisted by Patrol 42 

Motor Vehicles checked by Night Patrol 146 

Nighttime Parking Tickets Given 75 

Parking Tickets Given 52 

Property check, Slips left at request of owners 3,826 

Prowlers reported 3 

Street Lights out, reported to Edison Company 56 

Summonses sent out for Service 175 

Summonses Served 290 

Telephone Calls — Incoming 3,814 

Telephone Calls — Outgoing . 2,400 

Telephone Calls — received re "No School" 90 

Times Resuscitator was used , 16 

Total number of Arrests made 36 

Traffic Lights out and reported to Department of 

Public Works -.. 42 

There were 852 Motor Vehicles checked by the Department of 
Traffic or Motor Vehicle violations for which operators received verbal 
warnings, summonses to appear in court or had the violation reported 
to the Registrar for action. 

FATALS 

One Fatal Accident in 1962. 

CRUISERS 

I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen, that both cruisers 
be traded in 1963. 

POLICE STATION 

Again this vear I am recommending that land be purchased to 
erect a Police Station. Articles to purchase land and hire an architect 
will be on the Annual Warrant. 

In closing, I would like to thank all the members of mv depart- 
ment who worked with me in carrying out the duties of the Police 
Department during the year and to the Board of Selectmen and all 
others who assisted us in any way, I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS. JR. 

Chief of Police 



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REPORT OF THE 
PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

The Committee was appointed following the Town Meeting of 
March 1962 and was provided with a budget of SI, 000. 

The Committee has worked to improve the observance of patriotic 
holidays and to promote interest in the proud history of the town. 

The highlights of our activities are as follows: 

DR. SAMUEL PRESCOTT RIDE - Sunday, April 8, 1962 

Acton citizens on horseback and in horsedrawn carriages, particip- 
ated at the invitation of the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebra- 
tions Committee, in a davtime retracing of the route of Dr. Prescott, 
from the point on Lexington Road where he escaped the Britsh, to 
the Wright Tavern in Concord. A pictorial map of the midnight ride 
was awarded all who participated. 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM 
Mrs. Robert Hunt presented a 40 minute talk to Acton-Box- 
borough school students regarding the fascinating history of Acton 
in Revolutionary times. During the entire period, she held their un- 
divided attention, which was a verv satisfying indication of the in- 
terest of our young people in their rich heritage of local historv. 

PRESENTATION OF THE FINAL MARKER OF THE LINE OF 

MARCH OF THE ACTON MINUTEMEN 

Saturday, April 14, 1962 

In a public ceremony held at the Old North Bridge, in coopera- 
tion with the Town of Concord, Mrs. Robert Hunt, Regent of Actons 
Captain Isaac Davis Chapter of the Daughters of the American 
Revolution, presented the final marker of the Line of March of the 
Acton Minutemen, for placement at the Old North Bridge. Speakers 
included Mr. Arthur Lee, Chairman of Acton's Board of Selectmen, 
Mr. Herbert Wilkins of the Concord Board of Selectmen, Mr. Edward 
Small, Project Manager, Minuteman National Park, Dr. Francis Mac- 
Donald, Chairman of Concord's Public Ceremonies and Celebrations 
Committee, Miss Margaret Lothrop, historian, and founder of the 
Old North Bridge Society, the first chapter of the Children of the 
American Revolution, and Mr. R. A. Shamel, Chairman of Acton's 
Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, as Master of Cere- 
monies. 



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MILITARY BALL - Wednesday, April 18, 1962 

All Acton citizens were invited to attend the colorful pre-Patriots 
Day Military Ball held at the Concord Armory. 

FIRST REENACTMENT OF THE DR. PRESCOTT - 
JOHN ROBBINS RIDE - Thursday, April 19, 1962 

The first reenactment of the rides of Dr. Prescott and John Rob 
bins in Acton, followed the early morning time schedule of the 
original ride. Miss Gertrude Prescott, of the same family imperson 
ated Dr. Prescott bringing the alarm at about 2 AM to Acton to the 
home of Captain John Robbins whose 13 year old son, John, imper 
sonated by Roger Shamel, quickly mounted his horse and sped the 
alarm to Captain Isaac Davis' home on Hayward Road and on to 
Deacon Simon Hunt's home on Central Street calling Acton's Minute : 
men to their most important part in America's history. Meanwhile Dr. 
Prescott rode on to the Faulkner home in South Acton from whence 
more Acton Minuetmen were called to the cause, and then on to 
Stow, spreading the alarm. At each place three flintlock musket shots 
were fired as rapidly as possible to duplicate the happenings of April 
19th, 1775. Even at this hour the roadsides were lined with the cars 
of Acton and Concord citizens and other visitors who wanted to 
personally experience this first - reenactment of this exciting episode 
of American historv that took place right here in Acton. 

PATROITS DAY - Thursday, April 19, 1962 

Acton's celebration of Patriots Dav centers around the retracing 
of the route of the Acton Minutemen under the command of Captain 
Isaac Davis who left the Isaac Davis homestead at about 6:45 AM on 
April 19, 1775 and marched to the muster field at Concord near the 
Old North Bridge. Here Captain Isaac Davis' immortal statement, 
"I haven't a man who's afraid to go" resulted in the placing of the 
Acton Minutemen at the head of the line which met the British and 
returned their fire in the first organized successful resistance to the 
British arms and the bginning of the American Revolution. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF 6 A.M. PROGRAM AT THE 

ISAAC DAVIS HOMESITE 

Martial music by the ABRHS Band, Constantine Limberakis, 
Director. Prayer by Reverend Roger Wootton, Church of the Good 
Shepard. Presentation for the Town bv Selectman Charles Mac- 
Pherson of a flag to Scout Executive Ivan Wold who, as Scoutmaster 
of Acton's Troop 1, instigated in 1957 the first modern group retrac- 



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ing of The Line of March of the Acton Minutemen. Flag raising 
by Robert Hunt Jr. representing The Children of The American 
Revoultion, Miss Margaret Lothrop, founder of the Children of The 
American Revolution, as honored guest. Placing of a wreath bv the 
American Legion. Prayer by Reverend Justin Hartman Acton Center 
Congregational Church. Flintlock musket salute by The Sixth 
Massachusetts Continentals of Northampton. A historical review by 
Mrs. Porter Jenks. Presentation of markers for the historic Line of 
March of the Acton Minutemen bv Mrs. Robert Hunt, Regent Cap- 
tain Isaac Davis Chapter of the DAR. Recognition of Markers bv Mr. 
Arthur Lee, Chairman of the Acton Board of Selectmen. Patriots Day 
Address by Francis C. MacDonald, Captain (MC) USNR, and chair- 
man of the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee of Con- 
cord. Presentation of Letters of Appreciation to Mrs. Robert Hunt by 
Raymond Shamel, chairman of the Public Ceremonies and Celebra- 
tions Committee. Beginning of the Annual Retracing of the Line of 
March of the Acton Minutemen with 876 people stepping off smartlv 
to the music of The White Cockade, as plaved bv Virginia Gillmore 
and John Pacv, attired in colonial costume and impersonating Luther 
Blanchard and Francis Barker, the fifer and drummer of the Isaac- 
Davis Company. Enroute, the marchers, as in 1775, recieved the greet- 
ing of Reverend Swift, first minister of Acton, as impersonated in 
costume by Reverend Justin Hartman. Along the Line of March the 
"Minutemen of 1962" observed the Isaac Davis Trail Markers for 
which materials had been donated t>v the Leo Cunningham Family, 
cutting and painting done by the ABRHS Industrial Arts Department, 
and the final design and lettering by Mrs. Edward Noyes. The markers 
were located bv Mr. John Loring, Chairman of the Planning Board, 
and erected bv Boy Scouts of Troops 1, 2 and 284. Refreshments were 
served to the marchers at the Muster Field in Concord (Chairman 
Mrs. David Stonecliffe) and the account of what had happened there 
in 1775 was read from Phalen's History of Acton. 

Concord graciouslv recognized Acton's massive and enthusiastic 
participation by sending their principal speaker, Mr. David Little to 
escort the Acton marchers, led bv the colorful ABRHS Band, to a 
place of honor in the Old North Bridge Patriots Day Celebration. 
After these ceremonies Acton officials participated in reviewing the 
Parade and then all Acton marchers were provided with transporta- 
tion to Acton through the cooperation of Laf fin's Garage. 

AFTERNOON PROGRAM 

In the afternoon, the Acton Historical Society sponsored a 
Historical Display in the Town Hall (1775 items, Chairman Miss 
Katherine Kinslev), in the Acton Memorial Librarv (Civil War Dis- 



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play, Chairman Richmond Miller), and in the Acton Woman's Club 
(Acton Memoribilia, Chairman Mrs. Albert Jenks). Stories of Early 
Acton were told by one of Acton's oldest soldiers, Mr. Olive Wood 
All who came were served delicious refreshments throught the coopera- 
tion of the Acton Woman's Club, Mrs. A.A. Morrissette, President. 

RINGING OF THE BELLS 

Acton participated in the first recent National Celebration of 
Patriots Dav by the Ringing of Bells Across the Nation. Acton 
observed Patriots Dav in 1961 by a Ringing of Bells, reviving an 
Acton custom of manv vears standing. 

EVENING PROGRAM 

An Address was presented bv Mr. Robert Ronsheim, Historian 
of the Minuteman National Park Project, at the Woman's Club. 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES 

Prior to Memorial Day, the Committee purchased and distri- 
buted to the Acton Cemeteries, geraniums and flags for the decora- 
tion of Soldiers Graves. Thru the fine cooperation of the Cemetery 
Commission, and Superintendent Fred Kennedv and his men, these 
were placed, cemetery flag poles were painted and a tree was removed 
which interefered with the ceremonies area. 

Major Dorothv Wold was appointed Marshall of the March, 
the first time in Acton's historv that a woman has been honored 
with this position. Mr. Sumner Zimmer was appointed Aide, and 
Mr. Clark McElvein Chairman of the Program. The Ceremonies be- 
gan at 8:30 AM in Acton Center with a parade of Scouts, Veterans. 
Militarv Reserve Units, the Acton Fire Department, and sparked by 
the colorful Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Band. The Rever- 
end Roger W. Wootton was the speaker at Acton Center where 
wreaths were placed bv Acton scouts for the heros of the Revolution, 
Civil War, Spanish American War (Our own Spanish American 
War Veteran, the beloved Oliver Wood attending as Honorarv Mar- 
shall) World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. 

The Parade proceeded to the beautiful Woodlawn Cemeterv 
where Rev. Dean Starr was the speaker in an impressive ceremonv 
punctuated bv an honor salute fired bv Companv D, 110th Armor. 
Massachusetts National Guard, which participated in this wav in the 
five Acton Ceremonies. 

The parade was transported bv bus to South Acton, reformed 
and marched to Quimbv Square where Herbert W. Merriam spoke 



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of the naming of the square and Reverend Deane Lanphear gave a 
short address and led in prayer. A wreath was placed for Howard ,L. 
Quimby and a floral spray was cast upon the water in honor of 
Acton's Naval and Marine Corps heros. Refreshments supplied by 
the Committee were served by the South Acton Fire Company at the 
new fire station. 

All marchers were then transported by bus to the Mount Hope 
Cemetery, where Reverend Clarence Rantala was the speaker and 
led in prayer. 

The Memorial Day Parade proceeded to Edwards Square in 
West Acton where services were held at the Mead Triangle. The 
Reverend Father Edward J. McLaughlin led in Praver. Commander 
Clark McElvein told of the naming of Edwards Square. Commander 
McElvein then announced the generous gift to Acton by the Mead 
Family, of the Mead Flag Pole and a Flag. The Mead Family was 
represented by Mrs. Francis V. Mead and Miss Priscilla E. Mead of 
Belmont, and by Mr. and Mrs. Varnum R. Mead and daughter Miss 
Patricia Mead of Lincoln. Mr. Varnum R. Mead personallv presented 
the flag to an honor group of Boy Scouts who raised it to the top of 
the pole at exactly 12 noon, terminating the program exactly on 
schedule. From 12 to 12:30 music was provided by the chimes of 
the West Acton Baptist Church as plaved bv Mrs. Richard W. Shaw. 

FLAG DAY -June 14th 

The highlight of Acton's Flag Celebration was the awarding of 
a beautiful etchingof the historical treasures of Acton bv the Captain 
Isaac Davis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 
to Dr. Francis MacDonald (Captain USNR MC) Chairman of 
Concords Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, principal 
speaker of Acton's Patriots Day Program, and sparkplug of the re- 
cent great revival of appreciation of the wonderful historic background 
of this area. This etching was designed and excuted by Mrs. Edward 
Noyes of Acton and was a gift in the public interest. About 100 
individuals, organizations and businesses were given certificates of 
appreciation for their outstanding contribution to Acton's Public 
Celebrations and Ceremonies Program. Those receiving rewards are 
listed in the Acton Memorial Library. The Captain Isaac Davis Chap- 
ter awarded over 800 scrolls to those who retraced on April 19, 1962, 
the Line of March of the Acton Minutemen. Miss McPeek, State 
Regent of the DAR expressed the appreciation of the State DAR for 
the exemplary activities of the Captain Isaac Davis Chapter and also 
the approval and appreciation of the State and National DAR for 
the patriotic public ceremonies and celebrations of Acton. 



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VETERANS DAY 
November 11th (observed Monday, November 12th 

Acton's Veterans Day Program was an official Flag Retirement 
Ceremony on the Acton Common. More that 1000 flags were pre- 
sented which were judged unfit for public display and were destroyed 
by burning as decreed by Congress. Sumner D. Zimmer, who had 
suggested the flag retirement program was presented with the new 
flag which had flown that dav over the Isaac Davis Monument. 
Quoting the Beacon, "This surprise presentation was made at the 
conclusion of what is believed to be the first formal retirement of 
unserviceable flags ever held in this part of the country." The cere- 
mony was sponsored by the Acton Public Ceremonies and Celebra- 
tions Committee, R. A. Shamel Chairman, with the cooperation of 
the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, Jason 
Korell, Chairman." Following selections bv the ABRHS Band under 
the direction of Constantine Limberakis, the Reverend Justin J. Hart- 
man gave the invocation. Clark McElvein, Commander USNR acted 
as Master of Ceremonies. Commander George E. Neagle served as 
Marshall. Adjutants were Frederick Hevliger, Captain USA Re- 
tired, and Captain Arthur P. Charbonneau USAF. Sumner D. and 
Paul R. Zimmer of the Acton American Legion Post and Six Explorer 
Scouts received the flags for inspection from the assembled crowd. 
Flags were received from people as far away as New Hampshire and 
Maiden and from as near as Groton and Stow. Acton Cub Scouts 
presented flags from all the cemeteries of Acton and Concord. Honored 
Guests included General Otis Whitney, Colonel John Muttv of Con- 
cord, General Kenneth Blood, Lt. Colonel Edward Higgins, Rep- 
resenting Governor Volpe, Actons Selectmen, John Finnegan rep- 
resenting Concords Selectmen, Captain Francis MacDonald (MC) 
(USNR), and Charles Byron and other representing Concord and 
and Acton Veterans. Precisely at 11 AM the proceedings halted for 
the traditional salute to America's war dead, the blowing of taps and 
a rifle vollev by Company D of the Massachusetts National Guard. 
The closing praver was offered bv Reverend William Keech. 

CONCLUSION 

The Committee has in cooperation with manv public spirited 
individuals and organizations presented several programs for Acton. 
We have been pleased with the record breaking attendance rewarding 
these efforts and are grateful for this enthusiastic public support. We 
are most appreciative for the wholehearted support of the Selectmen, 
the Police and Fire Departments, the Cemetery Commission, the Public 
schools, particularly the ABRHS Band, and the Arts and Crafts De 



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parment. The Acton Highway Department has shown a special effort 
in having public lawns and streets in perfect order at these times when 
our town has .been on display. The outpouring of talent and plain 
hard work from well over 200 public spirited individuals has been heart 
warming. Our' Patriots Day Program was televised throughout New 
England and beyond. Notice of newspaper copy regarding Actons 
activities were received from as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio. 

A letter addressed to the National Commander of the DAR from 
Chairman R. A. Shamel and endorsed by the Acton Board of Select- 
men, the Concord Board of Selectmen, and the Acton Public Cere- 
monies and Celebrations Committee in which the public spirited 
activities of Mrs. Robert Hunt, and Actons Captain Isaac Davis Chap- 
ter of the DAR in connection with Actons Patriots Day program were 
lauded, was read before the National Convention of both the DAR 
and the Children of the American Revolution. These activities and 
Acton's Patriots Day Program were later described in the above 
organizations nationally distributed magazine referring to the Isaac 
Davis Chapter as "The Little Chapter that Could". 

The Committee is grateful for the assistance of TV and Radio 
personnel who publicized our activities and to the local newspaper 
people who, appreciative of our motives, gave space generously to the 
reporting of our programs. Specificallv we would like to thank Mrs. 
Robert Wylie, 1962 Publicity Chairman, Mr. Frederick Capone, 
Editor of the Beacon, and Mr. Jason Korell, Editor of the Concord 
Free Press and Mr. Earle W. Tuttle, publisher of both the above 
papers. 

Plans for '63 include a joint venture with Concord in the pub- 
lication of a Historical Map Commemorative of The First Reenact- 
ment of the Dr. Prescott — John Robbins Ride, the reactivation of 
the Acton Minutemen and generally improved programs. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Acton's Public Ceromonies and Celebrations Committee 

LOWELL CRAM 
CLARK McELVEIN 
RUSSELL HAYWARD 
RAYMOND SHAMEL, Chairman 
PERCY WOOD 
RICHMOND MILLER 



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PUBLIC WORKS STUDY COMMITTEE 

Acton, Massachusetts 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

The undersigned, appointed per Article #48 of Annual Town 
Meeting in 1961, as a Public Works Department Study Committee, 
have completed their work. 

Since our joint meeting with you on September 27, 1961, we 
have considered the matter thusly: 

Studied the methods and operation of the various departments of 
the Town, considering the present operation, and what improve- 
ments could accrue with their combination in a Public Works De- 
partment. 

Studied Public Works Departments in other towns. 

Contacted the Bureau of Government Research at the State 
University where extensive study has been made on this subject. 
We considered their findings in the various towns of the Common- 
wealth that have embraced the Public Works Department System. 

The Committee's unanimous opinion is, that there will come a 
time in the future, when the Town would find it advantageous to 
establish a Public Works Department. 

For the present, the establishment of a Public Works Depart- 
ment is not warranted; and, would only superimpose unnecessary 
expense on the Town. 

The Committee found the various departments of the Town 
working efficiently for the Town and its best interest. 

The Committee wishes to thank the various departments for 
their assistance' in the preparation of this report. 



DAVID L. MAY 
ARTHUR E. HANSEN 
WILLIAM L. CHIPMAN 

Public Works Study Committee 



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REPORT OF RECREATION COMMISSION 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

The Recreation Commission has expanded the planned playground 
program this past year by acquiring, through the cooperation of the 
Regional School Committee, the use of the regional field on Charter 
Road, increasing our number to four playground areas being operated 
in the town. The new playground was well attended and it is our 
hope to not only continue the use of existing areas but to expand this 
program whenever additional lands may become available in other 
locations. 

In collaboration with the Acton School Committee, a basketball 
area was established at the Florence Merriam School which has proved 
successful, and, with the support of the same committee, the Red 
Cross Swimming Program was successfully organized and conducted 
under the direction of Mrs. John Ribiero. 

The Recreation Commission is greatly indebted to Mrs. Ribiero 
for her able direction of this program in the past, and appreciates 
the fact that she has accep'ed an appointment from the Board of 
Selectmen as one of Acton's representatives to the new Swimming 
Council. This Council has been established to replace the Concord 
Red Cross Regional Water Safety Program which is being discon- 
tinued under their sponsorship. Through her efforts the water safety 
program will be continued and Acton's children will be assured of 
water saftev instruction. 

The Recreation Commission is appreciative of the cooperation 
and assistance received from Allen Nelson and the Street Depart- 
ment, Fred K. Hanack and the Engineering Department, the Con- 
servation Commission, Acton and Regional School Committees, and 
all other departments of the Town of Acton who have come to our 
assistance during the year. Without their help, many of our projects 
would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, to attempt. 

It is the hope of the Recreation Commission to increase and im- 
prove the recreational facilities in our town and it becomes increas- 
ingly evident as time goes by that more land for recreational use must 
be acquired if such a program is to keep pace with the town's growing 
population. We strongly concur with the multiple usage of present 
town owned lands for these programs wherever possible (i.e. school 
lands and fields, town forests, etc.), but if the people of Acton desire 
swimming facilities, skating areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, and 
other recreational programs, a site or sites must be acquired for the 
development of these goals. Recreational lands are not luxury areas. 
Without them Acton may one dav have little more than the im 



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mediate areas around the school buildings and other town buildings 
that can be used for public outdoor activities. We hope to arrive at a 
solution for some of these problems during 1963, and will appreciate 
the support of the townspeople with their continued interest and 
suggestions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM J. PHILLIPS 
GLADYS K. MASON 
RICHARD H. MURPHY 
CHARLES W. PAPPAS 
EDWARD W. FLANNERY 



REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Town Hall 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report as Sealer of Weights and 
Measures for the year ending December 31, 1962: 

Total number of devices sealed 183 

Sealing fees collected $152.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE K. HAYWARD 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 



REPORT OF THE STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We herewith submit our report for the year 1962. 

On December 31, 1962, there were 444 street lights in the town 
as against 364 when this committee was formed in 1960. 

Throughout the year, new lights have been installed in needed 
locations and in several existing cases lights have been replaced by 
higher lumen lamps. 

We subscribe to the policy adopted with the formation of the 



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committee that new street lights will be installed only at street inter- 
sections, bad curves and locations designated hazardous by the Fire 
Chief, Police Chief or this committee. 

Our suggested budget for 1963 includes a 3% increase of the 
1962 street light bill. This 3% figure should not be exceeded unless 
it is necessary to provide lighting in an area designated as an industrial 
development. 

We regret the resignation of John F. Neville from the committee. 
Mr. Neville who no longer resides in the town, contributed greatly to 
the early formation of .the committee. 

Leslie F. Parke has replaced Mr. Neville. 

We extend to the Board of Selectmen our sincere appreciation 
for their cooperation during the year 1962. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOSEPH F. BUSHELL, Chairman 
BYRD D. GOSS 
LESLIE F. PARKE 



REPORT OF THESUPERINTENDENTOF STREETS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the Highway Department for 
the year 1962. 

During the year the usual maintenance work of sweeping, 
scraping, and patching of roads was carried on. With the ever in- 
creasing number of roads, the need for our own street sweeper is be- 
coming evident. Rental equipment is expensive, can do only a limited 
number of streets, and cannot be obtained readitv. 

Chapter 81 roads that were resurfaced included Taylor Road, 
Piper Road, Chadwich Street, Parker Street, Hosmer Street, and 
a small portion of Concord Street. The majority of these streets are 
long and were greatly in need of widening, leveling, and hot topping 
of shoulders. This was followed by a coating of oil seal. 

Hot topping and oil sealing under Chapter 90 Maintenance were 
completed on Central Street from Flerra's to the Boxboro line. High 
Street was oil sealed from Parker Street to Route 62. 

Late in the fall Chapter 90 construction was started on Main 
Street. This included the section from Kellev Road to Kellev's Cor- 



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nor. The final top course of hot top, berm, sidewalk, and seeding will 
be completed in the spring. The banking at Coughlins which has been 
washed out several times will also be refinished in the spring. A new 
drop inlet was installed across from the Shopping Center to take care 
of the surface w r ater from the slopes above. 

The new Model 204 Trojan Loader arrived in mid summer. It 
is performing very well and is the backbone of the Highway Depart- 
ment. 

The largest project of the drainage program in 1962 was the 
installation of an 18 inch trunk line for West Acton on Willow Street. 
This extended from Homestead Street to Central Street. Also on Wil- 
low Street at Traver's peat bog, two 24 inch culverts were installed 
to eliminate high water conditions across the road. Several hundred 
feet of 12 inch pipe and a catch basin were installed on Piper Road. 
Catch basins and manholes were placed at the intersection of Whit- 
tier Drive and Forest Road, H-ayward Road at Rex, Concord Street 
near the cemetery, at the intersection of Smart and Townsend Roads, 
and at the intersection of School and Parker Streets. All of the catch 
basins, numbering over 600, were cleaned during the course of the 
summer. 

The Town has acquired the new Frink snowplow which is 
serving us weir. This replaces one of the old plows. 

All of the playgrounds and Town Commons were maintained as 
usual. The playground in West Acton was filled in substantially with 
the excess fill excavated from the Chapter 90 construction on Main 
Street. It is hoped that this playground will be loamed and seeded in 
the spring. 

The Town Dump has functioned well under the supervision of 
Arthur Conquest. A new fence has been erected in an effort to keep 
the debris within the dump. During the vear the entrance and exit 
were combined into one wide road, and this was hot topped. A new 
gate was then installed. 

I wish to express mv sincere thanks to the Board of Selectmen for 
their patience and full cooperation and to all members of the High- 
way Department who have been most cooperative. In addition, my 
thanks to the Fire Chief, the South and West Water District, and the 
members of the Police Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALLEN NELSON 

Superintendent of Streets 



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REPORT OF THE FOREST COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We herewith submit our report for the year 1962. Brush cutting 
was done along the fire lanes in the Texas lot. This area isi presently 
being used by the Boy Scouts as a camping area. A similar use is! 
being made of the Durkee lot in West Acton. 

Brush cutting and burning was done on the area off Fort Pond 
Road to reduce the fire hazard. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS 
EMERY NELSON 
FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 

Town Forest Committee 



REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for 1962. Pruning of dead and weak 
branches has been done on the trees in several areas of the town. 
Maples in particular are dying back on the older streets. 

A number of dead or dangerous trees were removed. Several 
of these were removed to facilitate road widening or better drainage. 

More than 70 new trees were planted in 1962. Most of these 
were planted 10 or more feet from the street to reduce loss from 
street widening or sidewalks. 

Our use of the former fire house on School St. increases the ef- 
ficiency of the department. Our equipment is presently stored in- 
doors. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Tree Warden 



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REPORT OF THE VETERANS' AGENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

The year 1962 has been very busy. A marked decrease in the 
amount of money used for Veterans' Benefits has been accomplished 
by the following means. By making a good portion of Veterans' 
Benefits recipients self-supporting through the aid of Social Security 
and Veterans' Pensions. A number of applicants were sent to other 
towns as they have not received settlements in Acton as vet. 

With World War I veterans coming of age for retirement, action 
has been stepped up considerablv in the pension and hospitalization 
program. 

Again I would like to remind all veterans to have their discharges 
recorded with me for safekeeping. There is no charge for this service 
done at the Town Hall on Tuesdav evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 P. M. 

I would also like this opportunitv to thank all the following 
agencies: Police, Board of Health and Local phvsicians for their co- 
operation this past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IAN M. AIOTT 

Veterans' Agent and 
Director of Veterans' Serivce 



REPORT OF THE WELFARE BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

Submitted herewith is the report of the BOARD OF PUBLIC 
WELFARE for the year 1962: 

Old Age Assistance 

We have aided 45 cases within this categorv this vear. 

Medical Assistance For The Aged 

Under this categorv we have aided some cases on a sustaining 
basis and others during periods of hospitalization only. At present 
there are 8 cases in Nursing Homes or Chronic Hospitals. 



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Aid To Dependent Children 

Ten families with a total of 28 children have been aided. 

Disabiitiy Assistance 
We have carried 5 cases under this program. 

General Relief 

Six cases have been aided either with temporarv cash payment 
or on a sustaining basis for several months. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditures for the 
years 1962: 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

Amount paid to Acton residents $44,226.36 

Amount paid to Acton cases elsewhere 896.43 



$45,122.79 

Federal share $23,754.60 

State share 16,900.81 

Receipts from other towns 566.33 41,221.74 



Net cost to Acton $ 3,901.05 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE AGED 

Amount paid to Acton residents $16,918.65 

Federal share S 7,846.71 

State share 5,761.13 13,607.84 



Net cost to Acton S 3,310.81 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

Amount paid to Acton residents $ 6,997.31 

Federal share $ 4,629.00 

State share 2,192.12 6,821.12 



Net cost to Acton S 176.19 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE 

Amount paid to Acton residents S 8,631.58 

Federal share S 1,776.60 

State share 4,655.55 6,432.15 



Net cost to Acton S 2,199.43 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 

GENERAL RELIEF 

Amount paid to Acton residents $ 2,367.35 

Estimated recovery from other towns 1,882.80 

Net cost to Acton $ 484.55 

RECOVERY of 1957 expenditure under 

GENERAL RELIEF $ 1,967.68 

ACTON share of NASHOBA DISTRICT 

ADMINISTRATION $ 1,800.00 

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES FOR 1963 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE $45,000.00 

NASHOBA DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION 1,800.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
LOSSIE E. LAIRD 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 



REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

For the year ending December 31, 1962 there were twelve acci- 
dents reported, in the following respective departments. 

Highway Dept 5 Board of Health 1 

Cemeterv Dept 2 Recreation Comm 1 

Town Engineer 1 School Dept 2 

All of these required medical attention but only two lost any time 
from work, one of these being of a debatable serious nature. All others 
have been settled satisfactorily. 

J 

Respectfully submitted, 

THERON A LOWDEN 

Compensation Agent 



146 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 147 



SECTION E 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNT , 148 

BALANCE SHEET 149 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS .. 154 

ASSESSOR'S REPORT 164 

TOWN COLLECTOR'S REPORT 165 

STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 172 

TREASURER'S REPORT 175 



148 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a sum- 
mary of the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance 
Sheet of the Town on December 31, 1962. 

The 1963 amortization for the bonded indebtedness of the Town, 
and Acton's share of the Regional School District bond amortization 
are: 

South Acton Fire House $ 12,000.00 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 15,000.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition 15,000.00 

Florence Merriam Elementary School 45,000.00 

Regional School District 42,370.00 

$129,370.00 



The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the 
School Cafeteria have been verified, and I have reviewed the various 
trust funds in the custodv £>f the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DONALD O. NYLANDER 

Town Accountant 



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149 



BALANCE SHEET 
December 31, 1962 

Assets 

Cash: 

General Funds $417,705.20 

Petty Cash Funds 70.00 $417,775.20 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes 

Levy of 1958 

Real Estate $ 19.50 

Personal Property 312.00 331.50 

Levy of 1959 

Real Estate $ 63.75 

Personal Property 300.00 363.75 

Levy of 1960 

Real Estate $ 2,223.00 

Poll 2!00 

Personal Property 380.00 2,605.00 

Levy of 1961 

Real Estate $ 10,468.16 

Poll 38.00 

Personal Property 380.00 10,886.16 

Lew of 1962 

Real Estate $ 39,390.09 

Poll 220.00 

Personal Property 5,292.28 44,902.37 59,088.78 

Motor Vehicle Excise: 

Levy of 1960 $ 1,056.28 

Levy of 1961 2,674.88 

Levy of 1962 37,059.34 40,790.50 

Tax Titles $ 445.09 

Tax Possessions 367.73 812.82 

Departmental : 

Planning Board $ 50.00 

School 271.61 

Veterans' Aid 2,154.99 

Old Age Assistance 313.25 

Aid to Dependent 

Children 778.47 

General Relief 48.50 



150 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Cemetery 429.00 

Highway 891.64 

Fire ., 356.25 5,293.71 



Aid to Highways: 

State $ 19,525.41 

County 3,002.49 22,527.90 



$546,288.91 



Deferred Revenue Accounts 

Apportioned Street Assessments not Due $ 2,685.86 



Debt Accounts 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt $863,000.00 



Trust Accounts 

Trust Funds — Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer .... $450,900.57 

In custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$454,366.11 



Liabilities and Reserves 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $ 601.00 

State Taxes 2,257.69 

Massachusetts Hospital-Medical Service 537.08 

Massachusetts Teachers'-Retirement System 24.75 

Middlesex County Retirement System 2,016.40 

Croup Life Insurance 67.63 



$ 5.504.55 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals 5.86 

Planning Board 136.50 

Contracts 1,000.00 1,142.36 



Unclaimed Checks . 279.76 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances Unexpended 

Cemetery-Perpetual Care 504.75 

Susan Noves Hosmer 982.82 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 151 



Luke Blanchard 40.90 

J. Roland Wetherbee , 50.43 

Georgia Whitney 51.26 

Hoit and Scott 35.51 

Henry S. Raymond 73.01 

Frank Knowlton 44.56 

Robert I. Davis 54.65 

Sarah A. Watson 31.81 

Carrie F. Wells 40.05 

George T. Ames 19.71 

Mrs. Harrv O'Neil 21.80 

A.B. Conant 17.35 

Librarv-Wilde Memorial 207.40 



Federal Grants: 

Welfare Administration 356.06 

Old Age Assistance 26,269.69 

Medical Aid : 7,627.13 

Aid to Dependent Children 7,503.43 

Disability Assistance 4,806.97 

Public Law 815-School 819.68 

Public Law 874-School 22,325.05 



2,176.01 



69,708.01 

Revolving Fund — School Department: 

Cafeteria 5,642.17 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 

Article 39 (1958) Archives Committee 1,000.00 

Conservation Commission 481.50 

Article 53 Assessors Map 1,924.18 

Article 51 Gas Disposal Unit 250.00 

Article 50 Office Renovation $ 4,015.00 

Article 58 Martin Street Fire Alarm Extension .. 4,400.00 

Article 60 Hydrant-Pope Road 1,000.00 

Article 64 Protective Equipment- 

Auxiliarv Fire Department 435.00 

Article 15 (I960) Building Committee - 

South Fire House 1,041.86 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Article 29 (I960) Town Dump Addition 1,000.00 

Chapter 90 Construction 11,626.49 

Article 40 Parker Street Intersection 1,200.00 

Article 4 (1962 STM) Tank and Pump 250.00 

Article 5 (1962 STM) Sand Spreader 1,800.00 

Article 29 (1961) Martin Street 

Culvert and Bridge 2,5.00.00 

Article 37 Sidewalk-Main Street 863.85 

Julia McCarthy School Addition, Architect 3,543.50 

Julia McCarthy School, Addition, Construction .. 15,041.56 

1963 Elementary School-Building Committee .... 15,000.00 
Article 55 Operate, Repair and Maintain 

Citizen's Librarv-West Acton 256.79 



152 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 46 Woodlawn Cemetery 2,000.00 

Mount Hope Oiling 294.02 

Mount Hope Clearing and Grading 2,000.00 

Article 31 (1960) Cemeteries Layout 200.00 

Article 43 Conservation Fund 6,455.45 

Civil Defense, Gonset Rigs 625.00 

Civil Defense, Power Unit 300.00 

$ 80,004.20 

Cemetery Land Fund 3,505.35 

Road Machinery Fund 12,196.45 

Countv Dog License Fees 206.00 

Court Judgement 1,250.00 

Bond Forfeiture — Construction and Development Corp. 29.00 

Over-estimates, 1962 Assessments: 

Middlesex County Tax S 127.50 

Middlesex Countv Hospital 1,259.25 

State Parks 308.62 1,695.37 

Revenue reserved until collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise S 40,790.50 

Tax Titles and Possessions 812.82 

Departmental 5,293.71 

State and Countv Aid to Highways 22,527.90 69.424.9? 

Overlays reserved for abatements: 

Levy of 1958 S 331.50 

Levy of 1959 363.75 

Lew of 1960 2,605.00 

Levy of 1961 S 10,886.16 

Lev'v of 1962 8,853.75 $ 23,040.16 

J 

Overlav Surplus — Reserve Fund 23,448.06 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds 70.00 

Surplus Revenue 8246,966.5? 



$546,288.91 



Deferred Revenue Accounts 

Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue 

due 1963 to 1966, inclusive $ 2,685.86 



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153 



Debt Accounts 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — Florence A. Merriam $165,000.00 

Elementary School — Julia McCarthy 40,000.00 

Addition to Julia McCarthy School ...' 60,000.00 

South Fire House \ 48,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — Florence A. Merriam $450,000.00 

Elementary School — Tulia McCarthy $100,000.00 



$313,000.00 



550,000.00 



$863,000.00 



Trust Accounts 

In custody of Town Treasurer: 
Charity Funds — 

Elizabeth M. White 

Ceorgia E. Whitney 

Betsy M. Ball ' 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial 

Cemetery Funds — 

Henry S. Raymond — Monument 

Henrv S. Raymond — Care 

Hoit and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Perpetual Care 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Hayvvard 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Susan Noves Hosmer 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 

Frank R. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

Carrie F. Wells 

Sarah A. Watson 

A. B. Conant Family 

Library and Educational Funds — 

Acton High School 

Wilde Memorial 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Firemen's Relief Funds — 

Acton 

West Acton 

Stabilization Fund 

In custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow 



S 27,341.98 
14,264.90 
14,806.06 
11,058.29 

1,124.29 

2,501.47 

671.80 

13,013.97 

108,595.79 

2,541.87 

1,502.53 

1,873.05 

99,011.48 

1,106.68 

1,153.73 

499.09 

403.85 

3,348.07 

2,799.83 

1,076.66 

4,520.94 
33,112.72 
16,587.43 

10,946.14 

1.091.51 

75,94C>.44 

S450.900.57 

• 3.465.54 



S454.366.i 1 



154 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 



January 1, 1962 to December 31, 1962 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Moderator $ 75.00 S 

R 15.00 

Finance Committee 125.00 

R 15.00 

Selectmen : 

Salaries 1,425.00 

Expense 2,450.00 

Town Office — 

Clerical Pool — Wages 22,085.00 

Legal Services — 

Board of Selectmen 750.00 

Town Accountant: 

Salary 1,895.00 

Expnese 400.00 

Treasurer : 

Salary 3,120.00 

Expense 1.000.00 

Town Collector: 

Salary 2,615.00 

Expense 1.300.00 

Assessors : 

Salaries 4,690.00 

Expense 1,000.00 

R 300.00 

Town Clerk: 

Salary 1,892.00 

Expense 500.00 

R 30.00 

Elections and Registrations: 

Salaries and Wages 3,250.00 

S 500.00 

Expense 2,000.00 

Planning Board: 

Expense 1,500.00 

Guarantee Deposits B 98.75 A 

C 225.00 

Board of Appeals: 

Expense 50.00 

Guarantee Deposits B 38.24 

C 64.00 

Archives Committee — 

Expense 150.00 

Extra Legal Services 2,000.00 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred 



Balance 



90.00 


— 


137.45 


2.55 


1,425.00 
1,434.90 


1,015.10 


20,513.36 


1,571.64 


750,00 


— 


1,895.00 
399.60 


.40 


3,120.00 
880.01 


119.99 


2,615.00 
1,266.21 


33.79 


4,685.81 


4.19 


1,293.45 


6.55 


1,892.00 


— 


526.02 


3.98 


3,452.68 
1,526.81 


297.32 
473.19 


1,434.50 
98.75 
88.50 


65.50 
136.50 


6.00 


44.00 


96.38 


5.86 


11.00 


139.00 


69.50 


1,930.50 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



155 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Industrial Development 

Commission 500.00 104.46 395.54 

Engineering Department : 

Salaries and Wages 14,410.00 14,280.32 129.68 

Expense 2,450.00 2,336.13 113.87 

A 98.75 

Total General Government $ 72,917.99 $ 66,330.09 S 6,489.15 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Maintenance: 

Salaries and Wages $ 5.105.00 S 4.989.68 S 115.32 

Expense 6,535.00 6,395.49 139.51 

Total Buildings and Grounds ....$ 11,640.00 $ 11,385.17 $ 254.83 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police : 

Salaries and Wages S 50,615.00 

S 500.00 S 50,652.03 S 462.97 

Expense 7,675.00 6,940.28 734.72 

Article 35 Cruisers 4,500.00 4,350.24 149.76 

Article 34 — New 

Police Officer 2.500.00 1,136.96 

S 500.00 863.04 

Fire: 

Salaries and Wages 17,510.00 

S 2,250.00 19,654.83 105.17 

Expense 11.135.00 10,573.32 561.68 

Fire Alarm System : 

Salaries and Wages 6,455.00 6,429.65 25.35 

Expense 2,900.00 2,883.09 16.91 

Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 12,600.00 — 

Article 42 — Water Extension 

to Dump 200.00 107.50 92. }0 

Sealer of Weights and Measures: 

Salarv and Travel 365.00 365.00 — 

Expense 50.00 48.08 1.92 

Moth Department: 

Wages 3,825.00 3,823.38 1.62 

Expense 1,700.00 1,666.14 33.3(> 

Town Forest Maintenance 100.00 62.40 37.60 

Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 425.00 — 

Tree Warden: 

Wages 3,210.00 3,173.64 36.36 

Expense 1,520.00 1,496.06 23.94 

Wire Inspector: 

Salary and Travel 2,000.00 1,976.25 23.75 

Expense 100.00 19.15 80.85 



156 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 
Building Inspector: 

Salary and Travel 4,000.00 3,845.25 154.75 

Expense 150.00 38.30 111.70 

Dog Officer: 

Wages and Travel 520.00 520.00 — 

Building Committee 50.00 

R 275.00 55.78 269.22 

Civil Defense 360.00 188.08 171.92 



Total Protection of S 500.00 

Persons and Property S 137.490.00 S 133,030.41 S 3.959.59 

HEALTH AND SANITATION" 

Health: 
Salaries : 

Board $ 275.00 S 275.00 S — 

Secretary 810.00 810.00 — 

Town Nurse 4.315.00 

R 275.00 4.537.75 52.25 

Assistant Nurse 730.00 490.60 239.40 

Agent and Assistant Agent .... 4,520.00 4.218.28 301.72 
Expense : 

Board 1,500.00 1,321.67 178.33 

Town Nurse 1,210.00 1.210.00 — 

Medical Supplies 250.00 

R 100.00 348.53 1.47 

Laboratory Fees 500.00 500.00 — 

Hospitals and Sanitoriums 1,500.00 

R 452.85 1.452.00 500.35 

School Clinics 1,000.00 

R 448.00 1,296.60 151.40 

Garbage 11,765.00 11,765.00 — 

Inspector of Animals: 

Salarv 150.00 150.00 — 

Expenses 30.00 25.50 4.5C 

Plumbing Inspectors 2.400.00 1,990.00 410.00 

Mosquito Control 4.500.00 2.578.00 1,922.00 



Total Health and Sanitation $ 36.730.85 S 32,968.93 S 3.761.92 

HIGHWAYS 

Village Highways S 5,500.00 S 5,336.87 S 163.13 

Chapter 81 Highwavs 13.575.00 

G 18,425.00 31.381.24 618.76 

Chapter 90 Highwavs — 

Maintenance .' 2,000.00 

G 3,000.00 4.996.95 3.05 

Snow Removal 32.500.00 30,409.17 2,090.83 

Traffic Signs and Lines 3.075.00 3.073.42 1.58 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 157 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Vacations and Holidays 2,620.00 2,581.20 38.80 

Highway Machinery 

Maintenance 6,500.00 

R 2,500.00 

S 500.00 8,967.15 532.85 

Street Lighting 15,175.00 14,835.64 339.36 

Chapter 90 Highways — 

Construction B 11,097.89 

6,850.00 
G 20,550.00 26,871.40 11,626.49 

Sidewalk Maintenance 800.00 — 800.00 

Drainage 12,000.00 11,915.26 84.74 

Town Dump 6,070.00 6,058.94 11.06 

Total Highways S 162,737.89 $ 146,427.24 $ 16,310.65 

CHARITIES 

Welfare District Adminstration ..$ 1,800.00 S 1,800.00 $ — 

Welfare Board — 

Federal Funds B 60.35 

G 402.08 275.00 210.12 

A 22.69 

Disability Assistance B 758.05 A 1.86 

G 2,033.10 2.982.32 

A 5,000.00 4,806.97 

Old Age Assistance B 30,963.99 A 22.69 

G 24,257.80 28,929.41 26,269.69 

Aid to Dependent Children B 14,967.79 A 5,002.55 

G 4,535.50 6,997.31 7,503.43 

Medical Aid B 5,529.12 

G 7,937.09 A 6.94 

5,832.14 7,627.13 

Public Assistance 55,000.00 35,402.10 19,597.90 

A 5,034.04 

Total Charities S 153,267.56 $ 82,218.28 S 66,015.24 

VETERANS' AID 

Veterans' Benefits: 

Aid S 12,500.00 S 2,750.00 

4,478.96 S 5,271.04 

Agent's Salarv 1,575.00 1,575.00 — 

Agent's Expense 275.00 248.18 26.82 

S 2,750.00 

Total Veterans' Aid $ 14,350.00 $ 6,302.14 $ 5,297.86 

RECREATION 

Wages $ 1,440.00 $ 1,440.00 — 



158 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

A'pfrofriated Dishursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Expense 500.00 498.23 1.77 

Water Safety Program 600.00 600.00 — 

Article 66 — Relocate 

Playground Fence 400.00 400.00 — 

Total Recreation $ 2,940.00 S 2,938.23 $ 1.77 

EDUCATION 

Instruction 

Local S 323,244.00 S$ 15,000.00 

294,357.46 $ 13,886.54 

Regional 264,274.31 264,274.31 — 

Textbooks and Supplies 

Local . 23,632.00 21,428.55 2.203.45 

Regional 16,836.64 16,836.64 — 

Plant Operation 

Local 37,275.00 37,273.60 1.4C 

Regional 33,958.12 33,958.12 — 

Blanchard Auditorium 

Local 9,100.00 9,090.90 . 9.10 

Regional 5,362.56 5,362.56 — 

Maintenance 

Local 3,100.00 3,100.06 — 

Regional 2.233.03 2,233.03 — 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Local' 34,850.00 33,469,20 1,380.80 

Regional 14,515.59 14,515.59 — 

General Control 

Local 10,150.00 9,905.67 244.3? 

Regional 10.757.66 10,757.66 — 

Outlay 

Local 2,960.00 2,837.90 122.10 

Regional 2,030.69 2.030.69 — 

Contingency Fund 

Local ...'. 1,000.00 930.46 69.54 

Regional 350.86 . 350.86 — 

Other Regional: 

Transportation 14,445.20 14,445.20 — 

Athletic Fund 2,957.62 2,957.62 — 

Cafeteria B 5,730.85 

C 54,211.67 54.300.35 5,642.17 

Vocational Tuition and 

Transportation 4.500.00 

R 110.66 4,610.66 — 

Elementary School — 

Construction B 729.33 S 729.33 — 

School Maintenance — 

Federal P. L. 815 B 819.68 — 819.68 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 159 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

School Maintenance — 

Federal P. L. 874 B 25,136.44 

G 19,075.00 21,886.39 22,325.05 

High School Library Fund C 228.40 228.40 — 

Julia McCarthy School 
Addition 

Architect B 3,543.50 — 3,543.50 

Construction B 65,000.00 

T 729.33 

D 60,000.00 110,687.7" 15,041.56 

1963 Elementary School S 15,000.00 — 15,000.00 

S 15,729.33 
Total Education $1,067,848.14 S 971,829.59 S 80,289.22 

LIBRARIES 

Salaries and Wages $ 7,390.00 S 7,326.12 S 63.88 

Expense 1,760.00 

R 116.23 1.876.23 — 

Books B 43.70 

2,400.00 

T 1,685.83 3,922.13 207.40 

Total Libraries S 13.395.76 S 13,124.48 S 271.25 

CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages S 15,955.00 S 14,838.80 S l,llo.20 

Expense 3,050.00 2,995.11 54.39 

Funds: 

Perpetual Care B 302.30 

T 1,500.00 1,297.55 504.75 

Hosmer B 370.22 

T 2.000.00 1,387.40 932.S2 

Blanchard B 3.50 

T 62.50 25.10 40.90 

Wetherbee B 5.08 

T 100.00 54.65 50.43 

Raymond B 37.59 

T 50.00 14.58 73.01 

Whitnev B 66.26 15.00 51.26 

Knowlton B 21.56 

T 25.00 2.00 44.56 

Davis B 35.95 

T 25.00 6.30 54.65 

Watson B 33.51 

T 25.00 26.70 31.81 

Wells B 24.35 

T 25.00 9.30 40.05 

Conant B 17.35 — 17.35 

Ames B 19.71 — 19.71 



160 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Hoit and Scott B 16.81 

T 25.00 6.30 35.51 

O'Neill B 25.00 3.20 21.80 

Total Cemeteries $ 23,821.69 S 20,681.99 $ 3,139.70 

OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 

Town Reports $ 3,300.00 $ 3,115.43 $ 184.57 

Workmen's Compensation 4,500.00 3,802.00 698.00 

Surety Bonds 700.00 679.80 20.20 

Group Insurance and Blue 

Cross - Blue Shield 6,500.00 

R 168.29 6,668.29 — 

Fire Insurance - Town Buildings 8.775.00 7,830.03 944.97 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance 700.00 640.92 59.08 

Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance 3,295.00 2,899.84 395.16 
Public Ceremonies and 

Celebrations 1,000.00 923.55 76.45 

Miscellaneous 1.000.00 467.06 532.94 

Money and Securities 

Alf Risks 150.00 135.00 15.00 

Total Other Classified ExpensesS 30,088.29 S 27,161.92 $ 2,926.37 

PENSIONS 

Pension Fund S 11,313.00 $ 11,313.00 $ — 

Pension Fund Expense 636.98 636.98 — 

Military Service Fund 6.17 6.17 — 

Total Pensions S 11,956.15 S 11,956.15 S — 



AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST 

McCarthy Elementary School: 

Debt ' '. S 15,000.00 S 15,000.00 $ 

Interest 3,100.00 3,100.00 

New Elementary School: 

Debt '. 45,000.00 45,000.00 

Interest 23,760.00 23,760.00 

Regional School: 

Debt 42,370.00 42,370.00 

Interest 38,707.75 38,707.75 

West Fire House: 

Debt 12,000.00 12,000.00 

Interest 396.00 396.00 

South Fire House: 

Debt 12,000.00 12,000.00 

Interest 1,500.00 1,500.00 



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161 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Anticipation of Revenue 
Notes: 
Interest 600.00 417.85 182.15 

Miscellaneous Interest 800.00 — 800.00 

Total Amortization of Debt and 

Interest Requirements $ 195,233.75 $ 194,251.60 $ 982.15 

SPECIAL ARTICLES 

Article 6 (I960) 

Conservation Commission ....B$ 200.00 

400.00 $ 118.50 $ 481.50 

Article 29 (1960) 

Town Dump Addition 1,000.00 — 1,000.00 

Article 15 (I960) 
Building Committee 

South Fire House A 87.07 A 1,200.00 

B 2,680.79 526.00 1,041.86 

Article 4 (1960 STM 12-12) 

Town Hall Heating System ....B 81.84 — 81.84 

Article 11 (1961) 

Office Furniture B 60.54 60.54 — 

Article 15 (1961) 

Library Painting B 50.00 50.00 — 

Article 16 (1961) 

Library Furniture B 73.84 69.62 4.22 

Article 17 (1961) 

South Fire House 

Construction B 17,842.26 A 87.07 — 

A 1,200.00 18,955.19 — 

Article 23 (1961) 

Records — Registry 

of Deeds '. B 225.15 225.15 — 

Article 28 (1961) 

Town Hall Clock B 750.00 — 750.00 

Article 29 (1961) 
Culvert and Bridge, 
Martin Street 2.500.00 — 2,500.00 

Article 44 (1961) 

Fire Alarm Extension — 

Robbins Road B 2,900.00 2.863.00 37.00 

Article 45 (1961) 

Fire Alarm Extension — 

Ethan Allen Drive B 400.00 350.00 50.00 

Article 46 (1961) 

Fire Alarm Extension — 

Oakwood and Pinewood Roads 600.00 500.00 100.00 

Article 7 (1962) 

School Land — Kazokas S.000.00 8,000.00 — 



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227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated, Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred* 
Artcile 8 (1962) 

School Land — Jenks 31,250.00 31,175.00 

Article 9 (1962) 

Drainage Survey 3,700.00 

Article 16 (1962) 

Demolish Center School 2,376.00 

Article 37 (1962) 

Sidewalk — Main Street 2,862.75 

Article 38 (1962) 

Snow Plow 850.00 

Article 39 (1962) 

Shovel Loader 18,350.00 

Article 40 (1962) 

Parker St. Intersection 1,200.00 

Article 43 (1962) 

Conservation Fund 6,455.45 

Article 45 (1962) 

Cemetery Dept. Truck 3,000.00 

Article 49 (1962) 

Office Furniture & Equipment 1,750.00 

Article 50 (1962) 

Office Remodeling 5,000.00 

Article 51 (1962) 

Gas Disposal Unit 250.00 

Article 53 (1962) 3,500.00 

Article 55 (1962) 

Citizens Library — Maintain .... 300.00 

Article 56 (1962) 

Citizens Library — Operate ........ 300.00 

Article 57 (1962) 

Stabilization Fund 10,000.00 

Article 58 (1962) 

Fire Alarm Extension 

Martin Street 4,400.00 — 

Article 59 (1962) 

Emergency Generator 1,900.00 

R .40 1,900.40 

Article 60 (1962) 

Hydrant — Pope Road 1,000.00 

Article 61 (1962) 

Library Catalog Unit — Etc. 492.00 

Article 62 (1962) 

Sign-o-meter-Treasurer 385.00 

Article 64 (1962) 

Raincoats and Boots — 

Auxiliary Fire Dept 435.00 *— 

Article 1 (1962 STM 12-17) 

Stabilization Fund 63,500.00 63,500.00 



Balance 

. 75.00 



3,700.00 


~^- 


1,475.00 


901.00 


1,998.90 


863.85 


770.00 


80.00 


14,016.42 


4,333.58 


— 


1,200.00 


— 


6,455.45 


2,988.00 


12.00 


1,726.25 


23.75 


985.00 


4,015.00 


— 


250.00 


1,575.82 


1,924.18 


43.21 


■. 256.79 


300.00 


— 


10,000.00 


_■■ 



4,400.00 



— 


1,000.00 


489.90 


2.10 


382.50 


2.50 



435.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



163 



Article 4 (1962 STM 12-1 7) 
Tank and Pump 

Article 5 (1962 STM 12-17) 
Sand Spreader 



Total of all Departmental Items 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred 

250.00 — 

1,800.00 — 



Balance 
250.00 

1,800.00 



A 1,287.07 

$ 204,358.09 $ 168,744.40 $ 34,326.62 



A 6,419.86 

S 18,979.33 

.$2,138,776.16 $1,889,350.62 $ 224,026.35 



AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency : 

State Audit of Municipal 

Accounts 

State Parks and Reservations .... 

Middlesex County Tax , 

Middlesex County Hospital 

Assessment 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 
Federal Withholding Taxes .... 

State Withholding Taxes 

Massachusetts Hospital Service 
Middlesex County Retirement 

Association 

Massachusetts Teachers' 

Retirement Fund 

Acton Teachers' Insurance 

Acton Emplovee Life Insurance 

Trust: 

Charity 

Cemeteries 

Firemen's Relief Fund 

Library 

Trust Fund Income 

Refunds: 

Taxes 

Board of Health 

Building Permits 

Guarantee Deposits 

Anticipation of Revenue Note .... 

Bond Forfeiture — 

Construction Development Corp 

Total Agencv and Trust 



$ 1,289.41 

3,216.22 

19,246.22 

3,470.70 
1,984.25 
90,056.95 
7,529.24 
6,038.74 

9,729.23 

14,994.33 
904.60 

657.76 

1,726.00 

1,225.00 

520.00 

2,000.00 

12,647.47 

12,627.97 

37.50 

379.50 

250.00 

100,000.00 

2,081.00 
$ 292,612.09 



164 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Grand Total of all Cash 

Disbursements 

Treasurer's Report — Paid Selectmen's 

Orders for 1962 

Less — Checks Canceled 

Net Payments, as above 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred 

$2,181,962.71 



$2,182,271.76 
309.05 

$2,181,962.71 



Balance 



KEY TO ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS 
A — Audit adjustments 
B — Balance from previous year 
C — Cash Receipts 
D — Debt Increase 

G — Grants from Federal, State and Countv funds 
R — Reserve Fund Transfers 

S — Transfer authorized at Special Town Meetings 
T — Trust Fund transfers 



ASSESSORS REPORT - 1962 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Taxes Assessed as follows: 

Building exclusive of land SI 1,978,1 10.00 

Land 1,331,050.00 

Personal 870,565.00 

TOTAL VALUATION S14,179,725.00 

Valuation - January 1, 1961 $12,910,915.00 

Increase in Valuation $ 1,268,810.00 

Rate of Taxation - $82.00 per $1,000. 

Real Estate 51,091,351.12 

Personal Estate 71,386.33 

Polls 4,412.00 

TOTAL TAXES ASSESSED .. $ 1,167,149.45 

Amount of Money Raised: 

State Parks and Reservations $ 3,524.84 

State Audit and Municipal Accounts 1,289.41 

Countv Tax 19,373.72 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 165 

Tuberculosis Hospital Grant 4,729.95 

Town Grant 1,108,92033 

Overlay 29,311.20 

S 1,167,149.45 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Number of Vehicles Assessed — 5352 
Commissioner's Value of Motor 

Vehicles and trailers $3,783,685.00 

Rate of Excise — $66.00 

Total Excise 210,225.41 

Added Excise of 1961 29,336.37 

Number of Vehicles — Added Excise — 1053 
Value of Vehicles - Added Excise .. 986,590.00 

Respectfully Submitted, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 
CARL C. FLINT, 
DEWEY E. BOATMAN 

Board of Assessors. 



TOWN COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board oe Selectmen 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1962. 

Personal Property Taxes - 1956 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 172.00 

Payments to Treasurer $ 172.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 0.00 

$ 172.00 



Personal Property Taxes - 1957 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 288.00 

Payments to Treasurer S 288.00 

Outstanding December 31. 1962 0.00 

S 288.00 



166 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Poll Taxes - 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 6.00 

Abatements $ 6.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 0.00 



$ 6.00 



Personal Property Taxes - 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ L045.2a 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Abatements $ 733.20 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 312.00 



Poll Taxes - 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ . 10.00 

Commitment per warrant 2.00 



Payments to Treasurer $ 2.00 

Abatements 10.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 0.00 



1,045.20 



Real Estate Taxes - 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 19.50 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 $ 19.50 



19.50 



12.00 



12.00 



Personal Property Taxes - 19} 9 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 1,005.00 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Abatements $ 700.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON ,.. 167 



Outstanding Decmeber 31, 1962 1 300.00 



$ 1,005.00 



Real Estate Taxes - 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 1,330.00 

Payments to Treasurer $ 1,266.25 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 63.75 



$ 1,330.00 



Poll Taxes - 1960 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 46.00 

Commitment per warrant 2.00 



S 48.00 



Payments to Treasurer $ 10.00 

Abatements 36.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 2.00 



$ 48.00 



Personal Property Taxes - 1960 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 1,093.90 

Payments to Treasurer $ 68.40 

Abatements 645.50 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 380.00 



1,093.90 



Real Estate Taxes - 1960 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 13,454.03 

Payments to Treasurer S 11,151.86 

Abatements 79.17 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 2,223.00 

S 13,454.03 



168 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Poll Taxes - 1961 

Outstanding January I, 1962 $ 260.00 

Refunds • \ 4.00 

$ 264.00 

Payments to Treasurer $ 130.00 

Abatements 94.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 40.00 

$ 264.00 



Personal Property Taxes - 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 2.880.40 

Payments to Treasurer $ 1,892.40 

Abatements 608.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 380.00 

$ 2,880.40 



Real Estate Taxes - 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 39,929.01 

Refunds .' '. 76.00 

S 40,005.01 

Payments to Treasurer S 29,506.45 

Abatements 30.40 

Outstanding December 31. 1962 $ 10,468.16 

$ 40,005.01 



Poll Taxes- 1962 

Commitment per warrant S 4,412.00 

Refunds 10.00 

$ 4,422.00 

Payments to Treasurer S 3,730.00 

Abatements 472.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 220.00 

S 4.422.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 169 

Personal Property Taxes- 1962 

Commitment per Warrant $ 71,386.33 

Refunds 16.40 



$ 71,402.73 



Payments to Treasurer $ 65,930.05 

Abatemehts 180.40 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 5,292.28 



$ 71,402.73 



Real Estate Taxes -1962 

Commitment per warrant $1,091,351.12 

Refunds 4,186.10 

Refund due overpayment 20.00 

Payments to Treasurer $1,036, 342.08 

Abatements 19,805.05 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 39,410.09 



$1,095,557.22 



$1,095,557.22 



Farm Animal Exicise-1962 

Commitment per warrant S 187.31 

Payments to Treasurer 187.31 



Motor Vehicle & Trailer Excise Taxes- 19^8 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 225.94 

Commitment per warrant 54.23 

Payments to Treasurer S 54.23 

Abatements 225.94 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 



280.17 



280.17 



170 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Motor Vehicle & Trailer Excise Taxes- 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 432.07 

Commitment per warrant ... 158.72 



$ 590.79 



Payments to Treasurer S 294.21 

Abatements 296.58 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 



$ 590.79 



Motor Vehicle & Trailer Excise Taxes — 1960 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 $ 3,245.52 

Commitment per warrant 7.81 

Refunds 30.45 



$ 3,283.78 



Payments to Treasurer $ 1,708.44 

Abatements 519.06 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 $ 1,056.28 



$ 3,283.78 



Motor Vehicle & Trailer Excise Taxes — 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1962 S 21,575.62 

Commitments per warrants 29,336.37 

Refunds 2,289.64 

Refund due overpayment 2.00 



$ 53,203.63 



Payments to Treasurer S 43,097.34 

Abatements 7,429.41 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 2,676.88 



S 53,203.63 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 171 

Motor Vehicle & Trailer Excise Taxes — 1962 

Commitment per warrants $ 213,902.82 

Refunds 6,017.38 



$ 219,920.20 



Payments to Treasurer $ 168,536.37 

Abatements 14,324.49 

Outstanding December 31, 1962 37,059.34 



$ 219,920.20 



Street Assessments Added to Taxes 1962 

Commitment per warrant $ 700.84 

Apportioned Assessment in full 117.01 

$ 817.85 
Payments to Treasurer S 817.85 



Committed Interest — 1962 

Commitment per warrant S 140.12 

Payments to Treasurer S 140.12 



Certificate of Municipal Liens — 1962 

Receipts for 1962 $ 795.00 

Payments to Treasurer $ 795.00 



Respectfully submitted, 
WM. HENRY SOAR 

Town Collector 



172 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Mr. Arthur W. Lee, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and ac- 
counts of the town of Acton for the fiscal year 1961, made in accord- 
ance with the provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the 
form of a report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, Assistant 
Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 
ARTHUR H. MacKlNNON 
Director of Accounts 

AHMrCSG 



Mr. Arthur H. MacKinnon 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 



>ir: 



As directed by you, 1 have made an audit of the books and ac- 
counts of the Town of Acton for the fiscal year 1961, and submit the 
following report thereon: 

The records of financial transactions of the several departments 
receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing bills for 
collection were examined and checked with the records of the town 
treasurer and the town accountant. 

The books and accounts of the town accountant were examined 
and checked. The receipts as recorded were checked with the available 
departmental records and with the treasurer's books, while the pay- 
ments were compared with the selectmen's warrants and the treasurer's 
records. 

The ledger accounts were analyzed, the appropriation accounts 
were checked with the amounts voted bv the town as shown by the 
town clerk's record of town meetings, the transfers from the reserve 
fund were compared with the amounts authorized by the finance 
committee, while other accounts were checked with information in the 
various departments in which the transactions originated. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 173 

A trial balance was taken off, and a balance sheet, which is 
appended to this report, was prepared showing the financial condition 
of the town as of December 31, 1961 

The books and records of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The cash book additions were verified, and the recorded re- 
ceipts were compared with the accountant's books, with the records 
of the several departments collecting monev . for the town, and with 
other sources from which money is paid into the town treasurv. The 
recorded payments were checked with the selectmen's warrants author- 
izing the treasurer to disburse town funds and with the accountant's 
records. 

The cash balance on January 10, 1962 was proved bv reconcilia- 
tion of the bank balances with statements furnished bv the banks of 
deposit, and bv actual count of the cash in the office. 

The payments on account of maturing debt and interest were 
verified by comparison with the amounts falling due and were checked 
with the cancelled securities and coupons on file. The outstanding 
coupons were listed and reconciled with the amount of deposit for 
their payment, as shown bv a statement furnished bv the depository. 

The savings bank- books and securities representing the invest- 
ment of the several trust and investment funds in the custody of the 
town treasurer and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 
were examined and listed. The income was proved, the withdrawals 
were verified, and the transfers to the town were compared with the 
receipts as recorded on the treasurer's cash book. 

The records of payroll deductions on account of Federal and State 
taxes, the county and teachers' retirement systems, Blue Cross and 
Blue Shield, and group insurance were examined and checked. The 
payments to the proper agencies were verified and the balances as 
shown on the employees' records were listed and reconciled with the 
accountant's ledger accounts. 

The records of tax titles held by the town were examined. The 
additions to the tax title account were checked w ith the tax collector's 
records, and the tax title deeds were listed and reconciled with the 
town accountant's ledger and with the records at the Registry of 
Deeds. 

The books and accounts in the tax collector's office were ex- 
amined and checked. The taxes, excise, and assessments outstanding 
at the time of the previous audit, and all subsequent commitments, 
were audited and compared with the assessors' warrants. The collec- 
tions as posted to the commitment books were compared w ith the cash 
book entries, the abatements were checked w ith the assessors' records 
of abatements granted, the payments to the treasurer were verified. 



174 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

and the outstanding accounts were listed and proved with the con 
trolling accounts in the accountant's ledger. 

The records of departmental accounts receivable were examined. 
The payments to the treasurer were verified, and the outstanding ac 
counts were listed and reconciled with the accountant's ledger ac- 
counts. 

Verification of the outstanding tax, excise and departmental ac- 
counts w 7 as made by sending notices to a number of persons whose 
names appeared on the books as ow 7 ing monev to the town, and from 
the replies received it appears that the accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The assessors' records of street betterment assessments were ex- 
amined. The amounts added to the tax lew of 1961 were compared 
with the collector's records, and the apportionments due in future 
years were listed and reconciled with the respective accounts in the 
town accountant's ledger. 

The financial records of the town clerk were examined and 
checked. The recorded receipts on account of dog, sporting, and mis- 
cellaneous permits issued were checked, and the pavments to the 
treasurer and to the Division of Fisheries and Game were verified. The 
cash balance on January 10, 1962 was proved bv actual count of the 
cash in the office. 

The surety bonds on file for the several town officials for the 
faithful performance of their duties were examined and found to be 
in proper form. 

The available records of departmental cash collections bv the 
board of selectmen and the sealer of weights and measures, as well as 
by the police, fire, health, school, librarv, and cemetery departments, 
and by all other departments in which monev is collected for the 
town, were examined and checked. The recorded collections were com- 
pared with the payments to the treasurer as shown bv the treasurer's 
and the accountant's books, and the cash on hand in the several Je^ 
partments was proved bv actual count. 

Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, are 
tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's and town clerk's 
cash, summaries of the tax, excise, assessment, tax title, and depart- 
mental accounts, as well as schedules showing the condition and trans 
actions of the trust and investment funds. 

For the cooperation extended by the several town officials during 
the progress of the audit, 1 wish, on behalf of mv assistants and for 
myself, to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 
WILLIAM SCHWARTZ 

Assistant Director of Accounts 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 175 

- 

TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1962 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1962: 
Cash Balance January 1, 1962 $ 459,051.51 

Received from State Treasurer 

Loss of Taxes $ 2,603.43 

Disability Assistance, Federal 2,041.90 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 4,548.88 

Medical Aid Aged, Federal ■ 7,952.91 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 24,355.92 

Disability Assistance 4,534.80 

Medical' Aid Aged 5,959.29 

Old Age Assistance 16,474.51 

Chapter 90 Highways 9,278.70 

Snow Removal 832.88 

Aid Dependent Children 2,182.53 

Corporation Taxes 33,738.87 

Income Taxes 115,427.49 

Chapter 81, Highways 28,161.09 

Public Library '. 1,809.50 

Blanchard Auditorium 28,811.57 

Meal Taxes 2,499.74 

Veteran's Services 4,4.84.99 

Licenses 15.00 

Tuition & Transportation 12,009.42 

Vocational Education 1,986.07 

Temporary Aid 544.60 

School Construction, McCarthy 5,567.89 

School Construction, Merriam 16,788.15 



$ 332,610.13 



Received from County Treasurer 

Dog Licenses S 1,519.95 

Highwavs, Main & Powder Mill 4,639.37 



6,159.32 



176 



227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Received from Town Clerk 

Sporting License Fees $ 123.20 

Dog License Fees 232.00 

Certificates, Vital Statistics 348.50 

Mortgage Fees 667.00 

Business Certificates 30.50 

Street Lists 145.00 

Pole Locations 73.50 

Cemetery Deeds 4.00 

Dog Licenses 2,103.00 

Storage Registrations 74.00 



S 3,800.70 



Received from Town Collector 

Personal Property Taxes, 1956 $ 172.00 

Personal Property Taxes, 195,7 288.00 

Poll Taxes, 1958 2.00 

Motor Vehicle Excise, 1958 54.23 

Poll Taxes, 1959 2.00 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1959 294.21 

Real Estate Taxes, 1959 1,266.25 

Poll Taxes, 1960 10.00 

Personal Property Taxes, 1960 68.40 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1960 1,708.44 

Real Estate Taxes, 1960 11,151.86 

Poll Taxes, 1961 130.00 

Personal Property Taxes, 1961 1,892.40 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1961 43,097.34 

Real Estate Taxes, 1961 29,506.45 

Poll Taxes, 1962 3,730.00 

Personal Property Taxes, 1962 65,930.05 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1962 168,536.37 

Real Estate Taxes, 1962 1,036,342.08 

Farm Animal Excise Taxes, 1962 187.31 

Street Betterments, 1962 817.85 

Committed Interest, 1962 140.12 

Lien Certificates 795.00 

Old Age Assistance, Receiyables 858.57 

Tuition, School, Others 365.49 

Care Cemetery Lots 515.50 

Blanchard Auditorium 330.00 

Interest on taxes 2,491.03 



SI, 370,682.95 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 177 

Miscellaneous Receipts 
EMPLOYEE'S - PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS 

State Withholding Taxes $ 7,950.20 

County Retirement 10,863.55 

Federal Wihholding Taxes 83,581.35 

Teacher's Insurance 904.60 

Teacher's Retirement 14,994.33 

Group Insurance 701.76 

Blue Cross - Blue Shield 5,918.28 



$ 124,914.07 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

Lunch Account $ 54,211.67 

Blanchard Hall 30.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 6,134.87 

Elementary School 30.00 

Federal Grant, P. L. 874 19,075.00 

McCarthy School 55.00 

Towne School 30.00 

Telephone, toll calls 74.50 



BOARD OF SELECTMEN: 

Licenses $ 

Miscellaneous 

Wiring Permits 

Building Permits 



SUPERINTENDENT - CEMETERIES 

Burials $ 

Lowering Device 

Sale of Lots 

Miscellaneous 

Liner Installations 

Foundations 

Chapel Fees 

Sale of Wood 





$ 


79,641.04 


$ 872.00 






187.75 






2,182.00 






4,879.50 








$ 


8,121.25 


5S 

$ 1,835.00 






114.00 






425.00 






76.00 






110.00 






300.98 






60.00 






150.00 








$ 


3,070.98 



178 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

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CHIEF OF POLICE 

Bicycle Registrations .....$ . 236.75 

Pistol Permits 114.00 

Dealers Permits 40.00 



CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Permits, various $ 109.50 

Rental, Fire Stations 430.00 



BOARD OF HEALTH 

Dental Clinics . $ 19.50 

Licenses 28.00 

Miscellaneous 35.00 

Nurse Services 918.50 

Plumbing Permits 1,990.00 

Sewage Permits 2,150.00 



Notar's Market, License £ 800.00 

Village Package Store, License 800.00 

George K. Hayward, Sealer Weights .... 156.50 

Machinerv Account 9,582.26 

Dorothy Holmes, Tax Title 841.62 

Dorothy Holmes, Interest 16.63 

Planning Board, Hearings 225.00 

Planning Board, Master Plans 240.00 

Employee's, Blue Cross Blue Shield 107.03 

Employee's, Group Insurance 13.60 

Roland Livermore, Hall Rental 555.00 

Wilde Memorial Librarv, Fines ............ 1,520.14 

Concord District Court, Fines 404.00 

Recipients, Old Age Assistance 256.75 

Recipients, Veteran's Benefits 303.11 

Recipients, General Relief 1,967.68 

Recipients, Medical Aid Aged 7.50 

Board of Appeals, Hearings 64.00 

Eastern States Farmer's Ex. Highwavs .. 1.10 

Field & Cowles, Building Insurance 27.78 

Celebrations Committee, 19th April 28.61 

Norbrook Publishing Co., Engineering .. 8.00 



$ 390.75 



$ 539.50 



$ 5,141.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 179 

Center Fire Co., Firemen's Relief Fund 85.00 

South Fire Co., Firemen's Relief Fund .. 90.00 

West Fire Co., Firemen's Relief Fund .... 95.00 

Harvard University, Sale of Dogs 6.00 

Union National Bank, Note 413 . 100,000.00 

Mavnard Lawn Mower Service, Schools 22.00 
Middlesex County National Bank: 

School Addition 60,000.00 

Earned Premium 60.00 

Accrued Interest 125.67 

Middlesex County Sanatorium, Health .. 1.50 

Marguerite Shaw, School Cafeteria 44,80 

Zep Manufacturing Co., Highwav 1.00 

Edith Hatch, Blue Cross - Blue Shield .. 39.20 

Edith Hatch, Group Insurance 5.51 

Florence Merriam, Blue Cross - 

Blue Shield 16.80 

Florence Merriam, Group Insurance 1.80 

Est. Mildred Moore, Library Bea^est 2,000.00 

Construction & Development Corp. 

Bond Forfeiture 2,110.00 

Theron A. Lowden, Comp. Adjust 222.25 

Albert Welch Corp. Shovel Loader 200.00 

J. & E. Companv, Guarantv Deposit .... 1,000.00 

Carl W. Flint, Sale of Dogs 21.00 

Boston Mutual Life Ins. Premium 149.81 

Town of Concord, Lieu of Taxes 29.91 



S 184,253.56 



Perpetual Care — Woodlawn Cemetery 

Edna Custance :.... S 100.00 

Howard Stone 50.00 

John Lennon 100.00 

Nella Weare .'.. 100.00 

Ruoff Thompkms 300.00 



650.00 



Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope Cemetery 

Nelson Page $ 200.00 

Harry E. Holt 100.00 

Est. Wm. A. Davidson 200.00 

Ethel Coding 200.00 



180 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Florence Whitcomb 125.00 



Transfers to Town Account 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund $ 926.00 

Wilde Memorial Library 1,685.83 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 100.00 

Acton H. S. Library Fund 228.40 

Cemetery Fund 1,500.00 

Susan Noves Hosmer Fund 2,000.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 800.00 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 62.50 

Hoit and Scott Fund 25.00 

Canje Wells Fund 25.00 

Robert Davis Cemetery Fund 25.00 

Sarah Watson Fund 25.00 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 25.00 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 50.00 



Trust Fund Income 

Acton High School Library Fund $ 156.26 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 295.50 

George T. , Ames. Fund 17.44 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 403.80 

Cemetery Fund 3,425.07 

A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund 40.00 

Dr. Robert Davis Cemetery Fund 41.25 

Elizabeth White Fund '. 1,030.60 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund .... 600.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 562.92 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 60.00 

Frank C. Havward Cemetery Fund 40.00 

Hoit & Scott Cemetery Fund 20.00 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil's Fund 13.96 

Frank R. Knowlton Cemetery Fund 42.50 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 96.72 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund ... 28.00 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 99.24 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 3,278.27 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial Fund 400.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund .... 393.76 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 1,173.58 



$ 825.00 



$ 7,477.73 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 181 



Sarah A. Watson Cemeterv Fund 100.00 

Stabilization Fund 208.60 

Carrie Wells Cemetery Fund 120.00 

$ 12,647.47 

Total Receipts for the year 1962 $2,140,925.45 

Cash Balance January 1, 1962 459,051.51 

$2,599,976.96 
Paid Selectmen's Orders lor 1962 $2,182,271.76 

Cash Balance December 31, 1962 $ 417,705.20 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, 

General Laws, 51 to 90 due 1963 to 

1970, Julia L. McCarthy School .... $ 40,000.00 

Elementary Schools Bonds Chapter 645, 

Acts of 1948, 101 to 200 due 1963 

to 1972, Julia L. McCarthy School .. S 100,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, 

Section 7, Clause 3, 76 to 240, due 

1963 to 1977, Merriam School S 165,000.00 

Elementary Schools Bonds Chapter 645, 

Acts of 1948, 151 to 600 due 1963 

to 1977, Merriam School $ 450,000.00 

Elemntary School Notes, Chapter 44, 

General Laws, 414 to 425, due 1963 

to 1967, McCarthy School Addition S 60,000.00 

Fire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General 

Laws, 365 to 412, due 1963 to 1966 S 48,000.00 

Acton High School Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund ' $ 4,000.00 

Income Balance 573.76 

$ 4,573.76 

Received Interest for 1962 176.12 



S 4,749.88 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 S 4,520.94 

Transfers to Town Account 228.94 

S 4,749.88 



182 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



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Acton Firemen's Rel'ef Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund ...$ 7,365.00 

Income Balance 2,897.55 



Received to Fund in 1962 

Company Salaries $ 

Interest 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 



— — % 


10,262.55 


% 270.00 




413.59 


683.59 


% 


10,946.14 


% 


10,946.14 



George T. Ames Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund S 465.49 

Income Balance 15.53 

• % 481.02 

Received Interest for 1962 18.07 

$ 499.09 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ = 499.09 



Betsey M. Ball Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 10,095.26 

Income Balance 4,140.74 

$ 14,236.00 

Received Interest for 1961 \ ,...., - 570.06 



$ 14,806.06 
On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 14,806.06 



Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 85,072.21 

Income Balance 19,394.16 

S 104,466.37 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 183 

Received for Perpetual Care 1,475.00 - 

Received Interest for 1962 4,154.42 

— 5,629.42 

$ 110,095.79 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 ,$ 108,295.79 

Transfers to Town Account . . ? l,500;0O: 

Cash on Hand 300.00 

$ 110,095.79 



A. B. Cbndnt Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1,1962 

Principal Fund .......$ 1,000.00 

Income Balance 35.06 

$ $1,035.06,. 

Received Interest for 1962 ; 41.60 j 

$ 1,076.66 
On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ : 1,076.66 



Dr. Robert I. Davis Cemetery fund 

Balance Januarv 1, 1962 

Principal Fund :.. ..,......$ 1,000.00 ; .'■ nn l 

Income Balance ......:... 86,56 

$ 1,086.56 

Received Interest for 1962 \ 45.12- 

$ 1,131.68 

On Deposit December 31. 1962 .,.., ,. . $ 1,106.68 

Transfer to Town Account 25 00 

% 1,131.68 



Elizabeth White Fund 

Balance Januarv 1, 1962 
Principal Fund , $ 25,000.00 



184 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Income Balance 2,053.04 

$ 27,053.04 

Received Interest for 1962 1,088.94 



$ 28,141.98 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 27,341.93 

Paid Trustees Orders for 1962 800.00 



$ 28,141.98 



Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 15,000.00 

Income Balance 948.05 

$ 15,948.05 

Received Interest for 1962 639.38 



$ 16,587.43 
On Deposit December 31, 1962 S 16,587.43 



Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Balance Januarv 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 14,073.70 

Income Balance 534.93 

S 14,608.63 

Received Interest for 1962 582.27 



$ 15,190.90 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 S 14,264.90 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1962 926.00 



$ 15,190.90 



Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 
Principal Fund ..$ 1,500.00 



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Income Balance .....i 

Received Interest for 1962 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 



299.77 



$ 1,799.77 
73.28 

$ 1,873.05 
$ 1,873.05 



Frank C Hayward Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 
Principal Fund ..............$ 1,000.00 



Income Balance 



444.52 



Received Interest for 1962 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 



$ 



$ 

$ 



1,444.52 
58.01 



1,502.5-3 
1,502.53 



Hoit and Scott Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 
Principal Fund $ 500.00 



Income Balance 

Received Interest for 1962 ;..........:. 


169.86 


& 


669.86 
26.94 


On Deposit December 31, 1962 

Transfer to Town Account ...:...: 


$ 


696.80 

, 671.80 
25.00 



.$. 



696.80 



Mrs. Harry O'Neil's Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 
Principal Fund $ 372.39 



186 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Income Balance 16.82 

$ 389.21 

Received Interest for 1962 ......:............... 14.64 

$ 403.85 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 403.S5 



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Frank R. Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 1,000.00 

Income Balance ...... 130.28 

— $ 1,130.28 

Received Interest for 1962 48.45 

$ 1,178.73 









On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 1,153.73 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$ 1,178.73 



Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 2,419.24 

Income Balance 84.78 

t <g 9 504 0'? 

Received Interest for 1962 100.35 

$ 2,604.37 

-...-. . . - - 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 2,541.87 

Transfer to Town Account 62.50 

$ 2,604.37 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 187 

Henry S. Raymond Fund — Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 700.00 

Income Balance 373.91 

-— ,$ 1,073.91 

Received Interest for 1962 50.38 

$ 1,124.29 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 .....: $ 1,124.29 



Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 2,000.00 

Income Balance 459.23 

— $ 2,459.23 

Received Interest for 1962 99.24 

$ 2,558.47 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 2,501.47 

Audit Adjustment 1961 7.00 

Transfer to Town Account 50.00 

$ 2,558.47 



Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 82,239.95 

Income Balance 14,883.33 

$ 97,122.28 

Received Interest for 1962 3,889.20 



$ 101,011.48 



188 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

On Deposit December ..31,- 1962 ....- $ 99,011.48 

Transfer to Town Account 2,000.00 



$ 101,011.48 



Varnum Tuttle Memorial Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 10,000.00 

Income Balance 632.04 

— $ 10,632.04 

Received Interest for 1962 426.25 

$ 11,058.29 
On Deposit December 31, 1962 ... •,...$• 11,058.29 



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J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 10,000.00 

Income Balance 2,614.84 

-"-',-— mmS* — $ 12,614.84 
Received Interest for 1962 , 499.13 

• $ 13,113.97 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 13,013.97 

Transfer to Town Account 100.00 



$ 13,113.9 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 1 89 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 



Principal Fund $■ 29,890.21 

Income Balance 1,670.22 



$ 31,560.43 



Received to Fund 

Interest for 1962 $ 1,238.12 

Bequest (Mrs. Moore) ., ............: 2,000.00 



3,238.12 
$ 34,798.55 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 . $ 33,112.72 

Transfer to Town Account •. 1,685*83 



$ 34,798.55 



Sarah A. Watson Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund ......$ 2,500.00 

Income Balance 215.11 

— — — $ 2,715.11 

Received Interest for 1962 109.72 

... $ 2,824,83 



On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 2,799.83 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$ 2,824.83 



190 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund . $ 1,049.13 

Received Interest for 1962 4238 

$ 1,091.51 
On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 1,091.51 

Stabilization Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 215.19 

Income Balance 1,943.36 

$ 2,158.55 

Received Interest for 1962 $ 287.89 

Article 57 Town Meeting 10,000.00 

Article 2 Town Meeting 63,500.00 

73,787.89 

$ 75,946.44 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 12,446.44 

Deposit in Transit 63,500.00 

$ 75,946.44 

Carrie F. Wells Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1962 

Principal Fund $ 3,000.00 

Income Balance 243.59 

$ 3,243.39 

Received Interest for 1962 129.48 

$ 3,373.07 

On Deposit December 31, 1962 $ 3,348.07 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$ 3,373.07 

Respectfullv submitted, 
WM. HENRY SOAR 

Town Treasurer 



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SECTION F 



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TOWN OFFICERS 192 

APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN 194 



REVISED JURY LIST 199 

FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 201 






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192 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TOWN OFFICERS 

Moderator 

James Edward Kinslev 

Selectmen 

Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 1963 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 1964 

Lawrence Donnelly Term Expires 1965 

Town Clerk Town Treasurer 

Charles M. MacRae Wm. Henry Soar 

Assessors 

James W. Baker Term Expires 1963 

Carl C. Flint Term Expires 1964 

William D. Turtle ...Term Expires 1965 

Dewey E. Boatman 
Resigned 
Appointed to replace 

Town Collector Tree Warden 

Wm. Henry Soar Franklin H. Charter 

Board of Public Welfare 

Lossie E. Laird „_,„ Term Expires 1963 

Raymond A. Gallant Term Expires 1964 

Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1965 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Harlan E. Tuttle Term Expires 1963 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1964 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1965 

Constables 

Edward J. Collins, Jr. T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribner 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Richard A. Bodge Term Expires 1963 

Roland R. MacLean Term Expires 1964 

Louise M. Gardiner Term Expires 1965 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 193 

Local and Regional School Committees 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 

Edmond J. McNiff ■», Term Expires 1963 

Edwin Ritcher Term Expires 1964 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 

Parker Harrison, Jr. Term Expires 1965 

James W. Myers ...Term Expires 196" 

Board of Health 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1963 

David L. Smith Term Expires 1964 

Robert C. Heustis Term Expires 1965 

Planning Board 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1963 

William M. Veazev Term Expires 1964 

Donald E. Donnellv Term Expires 1965 

Charles Judd Farlev Term Expires 1966 

John H. Loring Term Expires 1967 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Eleanor P. Wilson Term Expires 1963 

Helen B. Wood ...Term Expires 1964 

Hazel P. Vose 1 Term Expires 1965 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1963 

James B. Wilson -..' Term Expires 1964 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1965 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Clarence Frost Term Expires 1963 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1964 

Frederick T. Kennedv .. Term Expires 1965 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1963 

Thelma L. Boatman r.. Term Expires 1964 

James N. Gates Term Expires 1965 

Trustees of the Citizens Library Association of West Acton 

Percival W. Wood ...Term Expires 1963 

Barbara Nylander Term Expires 1964 

James E. Kinsley Term Expires 1965 



194 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN - 1962 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Finance Committee 

Thomas N. Rogers ....Term Expires 1963 

James K. Skilling .Term Expires 1963 

Joseph R. O'Neill 

James R. Brown Term Expires 1964 

Mary K. Hadley Term Expires 1964 

Porter Jenks Term Expires 1965 

Charles C. Grandv Term Expires 1965 

* Resigned 

* Appointed to replace 



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Board of Appeals 

William C. Sawyer Term Expires 1963 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1964 

Craig E. Lundberg Term Expires 196S 

Associates 

Herschel N. Hadley Term Expires 1963 

Harold F. Nordberg Term Expires 1964 

Superintendent of Streets 

Allen H. Nelson 

Registrars of Voters 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1963 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1964 

James B. Wilson ...Term Expires 1965 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Officio 

Town Accountant 

Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1965 

Chief of Fire Department 
(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Town Forest Committee 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1963 

Arno H. Perkins ... ..........Term Expires 1964 

Emery D. Nelson ...Term Expires 1965 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 1 95 

Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin 
Clerk — Inga Frost 

Inspectors — Alice H. May, Alice C. Duren 
Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 

Deputy Inspectors — Adelaide G. Cornwall, Marion E. Stevens 
Tellers — Edna R. Custance, Paul C. Cornwall, Katherine M. Con- 
don, Helen C. McNiff, Gladys Duston, Olga Andersen 



Precinct II 

Warden — Margaret Larsen 
Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspectors — Martha I. Lowden, Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Ellen G. Beck 
Deputy Clerk -Phyllis M. Moyer 
Deputy Inspectors — Hazel P. Vose, Michael J. Walsh 
Tellers — Elsie T. Winslow, Nancy Nastasi, Clara Gunzelmann, 
Mabel S. McKelvie, Margaret I. Cullinane, Irene Young 



Precinct Mi 

Warden — Barbara J. McPhee 
Cerk — Phyllis K. Sprague 

Inspectors — Barbara Nylander, Martin J. Duggan 
Deputy Warden — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza 

Deputy Inspectors — Elsie M. Godfrey, Genevieve L. Hatch 
Tellers — Minnie C. Veasie, Elizabeth H. Grav, Nancy E. Oelsch- 
legel, Marv H. Prentice, Esther Perry, Anna G. Mahar 



Inspector of Animals Dog Officer 

Carl W. Flint Carl W. Flint 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

George K. Havward 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen 



196 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Recreation Commission 

Edward W. Flannery Term Expires 1963 

Gladys K. Mason Term Expires 1964 

William J. Phillips Term Expires 1965 

Richard H. Murphy Term Expires 1965 

Charles W. Pappas . Term Expires 1966 

Fence Viewers 

Laurence Hadley Allan R. Murray 

Fire Alarm Operator 

Frederick W. Rimbach 

Field Drivers 

William C. Kazokas George Kemp 

William J. Durkin, Jr. Norman L. Roche 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

Franklin H. Charter 

Burial Agent Veterans' Agent 

Ian M. Mott Ian M. Mott 

Director of Veterans' Services Inspector of Wires 

Ian M. Mott Leslie F. Parke 

Police Officers 

*Ed\vard J. Collins, Jr., Chief 

*Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 

* David W. Scribner, Sergeant 

*William J. Durkin, Jr. Richard N. Farrell 

*Norman L. Roche James P. Conheeney, Jr. 

^Robert A. Bartlett Peter M. Brown 

* John V. Gregory T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

*Robert S. Rhodes Allen H. Nelson 

*Carl Simeone Irving W. Davis 

Franklin H. Charter Carl W. Flint 

Ray L. Harris Robert P. Beaudoin 

Robert P. MacLeod 
*Civil Service 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Theron A. Lowden 

Director of Civil Defense 

John F. McLaughlin 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Robert A. Bartlett 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 197 



Public Weighers 

William Braman Charles Greenough 

G. Howard Reed Harold Whitney 

Oliver W. LeBlanc, Jr Robert Greenough 

Barbara LeBlanc A. W. Davis 

Carl W. Flint Arthur P. Genetti 

Harold A. Merriam Alan C. Wagner 

Frederick W. Abbt Paul M. Wagner, Jr. 

Counsel to the Board of Selectmen 

Richard S. McCabe 

Town Engineer 

Fred K. Hanack 

Assistant Town Engineer 

Lewis L. Bowker, Jr. 

Building Inspector Deputy Building Inspector 

Albert E. Foster H. Stuart MacGregor 

Archives Committee 

Joyce C. Woodhead Term Expires 1963 

Warren F. Birch ....Term Expires 1964 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Term Expires 1965 



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Town Report Committee 

Louise M. Gardiner Term Expires 1963 

Louis C. Schwaab ................Term Expires 1964 

Anne H. Schwarzkopf Term Expires 1965 

Resigned 

Personnel Board 

William H. Kemp Term Expires 1963 

Clyde J. Home Term Expires 1964 

Warren L. Newell Term Expires 1964 

Peter Gray Term Expires 1965 

John T. Dargin Term Expires 1965 

Industrial Development Commission 

Frederick H. Bubier Term Expires 1963 

Paul H. Lesure Term Expires 1964 

Stephen E. Lord Term Expires 1965 

Allen M. Christofferson Term Expires 1966 

Richard J. O'Neil Term Expires 1967 

Paul M. McPherson Term Expire 1967 



198 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



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Town Building Committee 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1963 

Warren W. Wheeler , ; ....Term Expires 1964 

Arnold H. Mercier Term Expires 1965 

Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1966 

Insurance Committee 

Thomas Motley, II Theron A. Lowden 

Raymond Gallant Charles M. MacRae 

David Tinker 

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee 

Richmond P. Miller, Jr ....Term Expires 1963 

Percival W. Wood Term Expires 1963 

Raymond A. Shamel Term Expires 1964 

Russell Hayward ..Term Expires 1964 

Lowell H. Cram ..........Term Expires 1965 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1965 

Conservation Commission 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1963 

Alice H. May Term Expires 1963 

John A. Jefferies, Jr Term Expires 1964 

Thomas E. Wetherbee ..............Term Expires 1964 

William L. Kingman Term Expires 1964 

Robert J. Ellis Term Expires 1965 

James M. Shepard ....Term Expires 1965 

Street Lighting Committee 

*Tohn F. Neville Joseph F. Bushel 1 

'Bvrd D. Goss * ^Leslie F. Parke 

Resigned 
Appointed to replace 

Public Works Department Study Committee 

David L. May William L. Chipman 

Arthur E. Hansen 

Town Employees Insurance Advisory Committee 

David W. Scribner Arno H. Perkins 

Stewart Kennedv Viola M. Folev 

Carolyn Douglas 

Community Advisory Council to Assist Mass 
'Transportation Commission 

John W. Putnam Allen G. Moody 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 199 



REVISED JURY LIST - 1962 

Precinct I 

James G. Davey, 507 Main Street, retired 

Orlando A. Vanaria, 36 Wetherbee Street, supervisor 

Andrew F. Boutin, 1 Green Wood Lane, superintendent 

Donald E. Bryant, 56 Alcott Street, Vice-President 

Edwin C. Harkins, 13 Coughlin Street, salesman 

Clarence P. Henley, 21 Henley Road, carpenter 

Maurice P. Jenney, 68 Esterbrook Road, construction 

Roy H. Johnson, 532 Great Road, tool maker 

Donald H. Kneeland, 2 Flagg Road, salesman 

Ralph C. Morse, 60 Great Road, real estate and insurance broker 

Arthur J. Patterson, 265 Great Road, tool maker 

Arthur E. Schenck, 6 Hosmer Street, sales manager 

Harold E. Thompson, 99 Concord Road, manager 

Nicholas Van Ness, 4 Hawthorne Street, insurance agent 

Hugh M. Wamboldt, 10 Esterbrook Road, service manager j 

Roscoe F. Wilkins, 22 Carlisle Road, tool maker 

Harold R. Beacham, 586 Main Street, securities broker 

William R. Bush, 53 Alcott Street, psychologist 

John H. Duston, 276 Pope Road, farmer 

Howard R. Edwards, 60 Hammond Street, experimental machinist 

George H. Hodgson, 72 Strawberry Hill Road, laboratory technician 

Roy F. Pollino, 6 Thoreau Road, budget administrator 

Robert S. Sinnett, 22 Hosmer Street, sales manager 

Theodore D. Wevn, 30 Forest Road, lumberman 

Melvin S. Wilson, 10 Henlev Road, electronics 



Precinct II 

Albert Braman, 45 Robbins Street, carpenter 

Medville L. Clark, 246 School Street, retired 

Russell D. Hayward, 85 Central Street, die finisher 

Frank I. Averett, 95 Parker Street, deli very man 

Alan F. Batstone, 50 Conant Street, mechanical designer 

John B. Byers, 46 Main Street, restaurant owner 

Thomas F. Codyer, Jr., 11 Billings Street, precision mechanic 



200 227th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

John T. Dargin, 56 Conant Street, director labor relations 

Charles M. Davis, 240 Main Street, sales manager 

Irving W. Davis, 201 High Street, guard 

Harold W. Flood, 183 Main Street, chemical engineer 

Robert H. Gerhardt, 14 Beverly Road, engineer 

Bruce W. Hamblin, 119 Hosmer Street, payroll auditor 

David W. Hartwell, 13 Billings Street, warehouse manager 

Charles T. Kirk, 13 Beverly Road, electrical engineer 

James J. Mulvany, 75 -Maple Street, salesman 

Clarence J. Nelson, 27 Central Street, machinist 

Harold E. Nickerson, 74 Liberty Street, field representative 

Francis L. Brennan, 40 Piper Road, machine accounting supervisor 

Robert H. Darling, 197 Main Street, salesman 

Ralph F. Littlefield, 140 High Street, meat cutter 

Frederick E. Lloyd, 169 -Main Street, designer 

Alfred Parlee, 1 Pinewood Road, General Radio 

Thomas E. Wetherbee, 44 Prospect Street, laundryman 

George B. Williams, Jr., 11 Laurel Court, control airlines 

Precinct III 

Herbert S. Broadwell, 23 Seneca Road, engineer 

Franklin H. Charter, 121 Hayward Road, tree surgeon 

Arthur E. Hansen, 29 Mohawk Drive, assistant superintendent 

David C. Benedict, 2 Duggan Road, Chemical engineer 

Harvey M. Brown, 7 Betsy Ross Lane, linotype machinist 

Gerald R. Burgess, 86 Charter Road, carpenter 

Russell E. Dow, 1 Seneca Road, lumber salsman 

George E. Neagle, 66 Summer Street, draftsman 

William J. Phillips, 20 Homestead Street, shipping clerk 

Loren B. Prentice, 446 Massachusetts Avenue, engineering aide 

Edward A. Shaw, 37 Windsor Avenue, salesman 

Warren A. Silva, 113 Central Street, laboratory technician 

James D. Sutherland, 24 Nash Road, head cashier 

William M. Veazey, 4 Agawam Road, civil engineer 

James C. Walters, 105 Arlington Street, claim supervisor 

Edward C. Warren, 71 Seminole Road, mechanical engineer 

Arthur S.Andrews, 242 Central Street, body man 

Richard M. Brine, 136 Central Street, parts man 

Edward W. Flannerv, 544 Massachusetts Avenue, foreman 

Dudley F. Howe, 1 1 Mohawk Drive, insurance 

Donald W. McNeish, 31 Agawam Road, sales manager 

Norman L. Perkins, 133 Arlington Street, bulldozer operator 

Charles F.. Putnam, 7 Agawam Road, investment analyst 

Marvin L. Tolf, 32 Agawam Road, T. I. C. 

Peter R. Whitcomb, 144 Havward Road, carpenter 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 201 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 




President of the United States 

John F. Kennedy 

Vice President of the United States 

Lvndon B. Johnson 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstal! 

Edward M. Kenncck 
Representative in Congress 

Philip J. Philbin — Third Congressional District 

Officials of the Commonwealth 

Governor Endicott Peabodv 

Lieutenant Governor Francis X. Bellotti 

Secretary Kevin H. White- 
Treasurer John T. Driscoll 

Auditor Thomas J. Buckley 

Attorney General Edward W. Brooke 

Governor's Council - Third District 

John W. Costcllo, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Senator - Worcester Middlesex District 

Charles W. Olson, Ashland, Mass. 

Representative in the General Court - Eleventh Middlesex District 

Vernon R. Fletcher, Chelmsford, Mass. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



TOWN OF ACTON 



1963 





Special Report 

from the 

Office of Selectmen 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

SECTION A 

Selectmen' s Report 4 

SECTION B 

Births Registered in 1963 6 

Report of Dog Licenses 12 

Record of Town Election 13 

Abstract of the Proceedings of the 

Annual Town Meeting - January 21, 1963 15 

Annual Town Meeting - March 11, 1963 16 

Special Town Meeting - March 12, 1963 35 

Special Town Meeting - June 24, 1963 35 

Special Town Meeting - September 9, 1963 47 

Special Town Meeting - October 28, 1963 50 

SECTION C 

Report of the Acton School Department and 

Acton Boxborough Regional School District 70 

SECTION D 

Report of the Archives Committee 94 

Report of the Board of Appeals 94 

Report of the Acton Building Committee 95 

Report of the Building Inspector 96 

Report of the Cemetery Commissioners 97 

Report of the Acton Conservation Commission 98 

Civil Defense Report 98 

Report of Dog Officer 99 

Report of the Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 100 

Report of the Engineering Department 100 

Report of the Fire Department 102 

Report of the Trustees of the Goodnow Fund 103 

Report of the Board of Health 104 

Report of the Town Nurse 109 

Report of the Industrial Development Commission 110 

Report of the Inspector of Animals 112 

Report of the Inspector of Wires 112 

Report of the Insurance Committee 112 

Library Report 113 

Report of the Citizens Library Association of West Acton 115 

Report of the Moth Superintendent 116 

Report of the Personnel Board 116 

Report of the Planning Board 117 

Report of the Police Department 118 

Report of the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee 121 

Report of Recreation Commission 127 

Report of the Sealer of Weights and Measures 128 

Report of the Street Light Committee 128 

Report of the Superintendent of Streets 128 

Report of the Forest Committee 131 

Report of the Tree Warden 131 

Report of the Veterans ' Agent 131 

Report of the Welfare Board 132 

Report of Workmen's Compensation Agent 133 

SECTION E 

Report of the Town Account 136 

State Auditor's Report 136 

Summary of Appropriations and Disbursements 143 

Balance Sheet 154 

Assessor's Report 159 

SECTION F 

Town Officers 162 

Appointments made by Selectmen 164 

Revised Jury List 169 

Federal and State Officials Inside Back Cover 



ANNUAL REPORTS 




TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH 

MUNICIPAL YEAR 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1963 



OFFSET PRINTED BY 

SPAULDING-MOSS COMPANY 
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SECTION A 

Selectmen's Report 



4 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton: 

At the Board's organizational meeting, following the Annual Election in 
March, Charles D. MacPherson was elected Chairman and Arthur W. Lee 
was elected Clerk, with Lawrence Donnelly as third member. 

The Board held 52 regular meetings, 18 special meetings and attended 
numerous meetings called by other Boards and Committees, plus the numer- 
ous ceremonial functions that require the attendance of the Selectmen or a 
representative of the Board. 

The diversity of powers, duties and responsibilities of the Board of 
Selectmen are best described by reference to the approximately seven 
hundred sections of law applying directly to Selectmen together with the 
hundreds of other sections of state law that bear upon town problems in 
general. 

Effective communication, budgetary control and co-ordination of activi- 
ties between departments are among the most important problems facing a 
community that has grown as rapidly as the Town of Acton. The 1964 Special 
Town Meeting will call for the expenditure of over $2,000,000.00 for a junior 
high school. The Annual Meeting will call for sizable appropriations for a 
Police Station, Library addition, etc. It does not take a student of municipal 
finance to point out the load that will have to be carried by the taxpayer dur- 
ing the next few years. Every effort toward maintaining fiscal responsibility 
consistent with providing the necessary services for the citizens must be 
made in the next few years. 

After meeting with the Personnel Board, it was determined that a pro- 
gram of pre-employment physical examinations for all Town Departments is 
expected to reduce the probability of Workmen's Compensation Insurance 
claims and premature disability retirements. 

The necessary by-law changes needed to resolve the problems of main- 
taining our excellent Call Fire Department while appointing seven permanent 
members has now been accomplished and upon the acceptance of the Town 
Meeting, will clear the way for the appointment, at an early date, of our first 
permanent members of the Fire Department, as approved at the 1963 Annual 
Town Meeting. 

The year 196 3 saw the completion of the Acton Shopping Plaza-Center, 
another milestone in the business development of the community. 

The move toward resolving our Police Department building requirements 
was started by the purchase of the Dunn land on Main Street, Acton Center. 
An article for the constructing and equipping of a new Police Station will ap- 
pear on the warrant for the 1964 Annual Meeting where it is hoped that this 
pressing problem will be resolved. 

The High Street bridge was condemned this year as unsafe for vehicles 
over six tons and the Board voted to post the same. Subsequently, it was 
voted to use Chapter 90 funds to construct a new way in the vicinity of High 
Street and the balance of these funds to be used on Central Street. 

A full time Building Inspector was appointed this year for the first time, 
and the numerous tasks that heretofore could not be accomplished on a part- 
time basis are now being performed. Mr. Kenneth E. Jewell, with 25 years 



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experience as a builder was appointed to the position on April 15. His duties 
also include that of Zoning Law enforcement, a category that has not had full 
attention in the past. 

Unhappily this year, the Town found itself on the short end of a law suit 
regarding the relocation of Central Street in South Acton, in an effort to re- 
lieve a dangerous curve. The Superior Court in Lowell rendered a decision 
of $32,000.00 against the Town. The Board has voted to appeal. 

The Community was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of 
Peter Gray. Peter had served on the Personnel Board since its inception 
in 1956 and donated much of his time and energy in the all important Town 
Board. He will be sorely missed. 

North, South and Cross Streets were constructed this year under the 
Betterment Act. 

Considerable time and effort was spent by the Board on may miscellane- 
ous problems which would be too detailed to highlight in this report. 

The affairs of the Town are becoming more complex each year, and 
more time consuming to those involved. The success of the operation of 
Town Government depends both upon the co-operation of its employees and 
the willingness of its citizens to spend time and energy for little or no re- 
ward. We express our sincere gratitude to Town Employees and the various 
members of Town Boards and Committees for their faithful efforts on behalf 
of the Town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES D. MacPHERSON 
ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 



Board of Selectmen 



SELECTMEN 



In early Colonial days, Acton, as well as all of our early settled com- 
munities, transacted its town business at monthly or semi-monthly meetings 
of the freemen or townsfolk. As the towns grew, this became impracticable 
and certain of the townsmen were selected for this purpose. This procedure 
was subsequently authorized by the General Court in 16 36 which provided for 
the election in towns or various officers for certain administrative purposes. 
They have been referred to as Selectmen, Selected Townsmen, Ye Chosen 
Men appointed for Managing the Prudential Affairs, Men Selected for Pru- 
dential Affaires - hence the derivative of our present term "Selectmen". 

Of the New England Town Meeting, Thomas Jefferson said, "it is the 
wisest invention ever devised by the wit of man for the perfect exercise of 
self government and for its preservation." Now, why take the time to dis- 
cuss the town meeting? Principally because the Selectmen are the adminis- 
trative officers of the town, they carry out the mandates of the town meeting. 

John Heald, Joseph Fletcher and Thomas Wheeler, first Selectmen 
chosen at the time of the incorporation of the Town of Acton in 17 35, would 
be thoroughly disturbed in 1964 with the number of State Laws regulating 
municipalities. 

Selectmen in the 312 Massachusetts towns are the most regulated 
officials in the United States. They perform the widest variety of duties and 
functions imposed by the State Government and the Town Meeting. The 



6 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

provisions of law (over 700 in number), which direct the role of the Select- 
men are scattered throughout the State Statutes. 

The position of Selectmen is an institution peculiar to New England. It 
is unique in the sense that no other states to the west or south have copied 
it and because it still survives after an existence of over 300 years. It de 
fies classification on the basis of any theories or principles of government. 
The only way to describe what a Selectmen is and what he does is to recite 
his numerous duties and responsibilities, varied and unrelated though they 
may be. 

The work of the present three man Board of Selectmen includes the 
following duties: 

(a) Appointing town officers and employees, such as members of the Finance 
Committee, Building Inspector, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Policemen, 
Engineer and Assistant, Superintendent of Streets, etc. 

(b) Issuing licenses (including all utility pole installations). 

(c) Approving bills incurred by all town agencies. 

(d) Ultimate responsibility for the conduct and efficiency of the Fire, Police, 
Engineering and Highway departments, and setting departmental policies. 

(e) Representing the Town at State House Hearings, County Hearings and 
dealings with other communities. 

(f) Zoning, Earth Removal and Building by-law enforcement. 

(g) General government budget preparation and management. 

To this list, of course, must be added endless duties such as hearing and 
acting on complaints, prodding utilities, mediating between town agencies and 
attending frequent ceremonial functions. Even though these tasks require a 
great deal of time, they, nevertheless, offer a great challenge and satisfaction 
to a Selectman. 

Committees covering many phases of General Government have been 
formed in the past decade to free the Selectmen from the burden of many 
time consuming tasks so that they may devote more time to major issues 
and thereby assume their rightful place as the general co-ordinators and 
policy makers at the top of our Town government. 

Involved as they may be in the endless activities of their position, Select- 
men have the opportunity to foresee trouble, to take action and in so doing, 
forestall a crisis. In other words, there is a need for them to look ahead 
and to approach town affairs from the long-range, as well as the day-by-day, 
point of view. In handling these along with everyday situations, they should 
recognize that effective public communication, on their part, will insure an 
accurate, rather than a rumored, relating of events. 

Our rapid growth has brought forth a wide variety of problems in Acton, 
as well as most New England towns. These towns are facing, for the first 
time, tremendous expenditures for schools, municipal buildings, public 
works, sewerage, etc. Administration of our town, as well as others, now 
demands considerable more effort and time than could have been dreamed 
of by our predecessors of say twenty years ago. This trend will continue 
and adjustments will have to be made to meet the changing conditions. We 
are at the crossroads! We must meet the challenge'. , 






THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SECTION B 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN 1963 6 

NOTICE OF DOG LICENSES 12 

REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 12 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 13 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - January 21, 1963 15 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - March 11, 1963 16 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - March 12, 1963 35 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - June 24, 1963 35 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - September 9, 1963 '47 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - October 28, 1963 50 



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keepers thereof are liable to a 
fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 

REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 
ISSUED IN 1963 

804 Licenses @ $ 2.00 $1,608.00 

90 Licenses @ 5.00 450.00 

10 Licenses @ 10.00 100.00 

5 Licenses @ 25.00 125.00 

1 License @ 50.00 50.00 

37 Duplicate Tags @ -25 9.25 

2 Transfer Licenses @ -25 .50 



Paid to Town Treasurer $2,342.75 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 15 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 4, 1963 



Pet. 1 Pet. 2 

Whole number of votes cast 302 308 

MODERATOR, one year 

James Edward Kinsley 128 152 

Leonard E. Rae 105 57 

Lawrence P. Wilder 63 97 

Blanks 6 2 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 277 279 

Blanks 25 29 

SELECTMAN, three years 

Arthur W. Lee 275 275 

Blanks 27 33 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Carl R. Godfrey 168 148 

Joan P. Lindquist Ill 139 

Blanks 23 21 

ASSESSOR, two years to fill vacancy 

Dewey E. Boatman 257 243 

Blanks . 45 65 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Lossie E. Laird 267 274 

Blanks . 35 34 

TREASURER, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 277 283 

Blanks 25 25 

TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 277 281 

Blanks 25 27 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

M. Virginia Biggy 217 163 

Robert Evans, Jr 135 179 

Albert W. Koch 197 173 

Blanks 55 101 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 265 266 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr 274 275 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 273 269 

David W. Scribner 268 267 

Blanks 128 155 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Harlan E. Tuttle 280 27 9 

Blanks 22 29 



Pet. 3 


Total 


496 


1106 


326 


606 


82 


244 


80 


240 


8 


16 


460 


1016 


36 


90 


451 


1001 


45 


105 


364 


680 


115 


365 


17 


61 


431 


931 


65 


175 


448 


989 


48 


117 


462 


1022 


34 


84 


458 


1016 


38 


90 


290 


670 


273 


587 


300 


670 


129 


285 


432 


96 3 


455 


1004 


446 


988 


448 


983 


203 


486 


467 


1026 


29 


80 



16 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Martin J. Duggan 271 273 456 1000 

Blanks 31 35 40 106 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Richard A. Bodge 272 268 439 979 

Blanks 30 40 57 127 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

David P. Tinker 184 231 320 735 

Calvin M. Farnsworth 100 64 138 302 

Blanks 18 13 38 69 

TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 286 278 469 1033 

Blanks 16 30 27 73 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 17 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 



January 21, 1963 

Article 1 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate 
from available funds the sum of $45,000.00, or any other sum, to be expended 
by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect to 
make architectural working drawings for a contemplated twenty (20) class 
room elementary school to be located on land owned by the Town on Arlington 
Street, or take any other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Town Building 
Committee.) 

Motion: That the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$45,000.00, to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose 
of hiring an architect to make architectural working drawings for a contem- 
plated twenty (20) class room elementary school to be located on land owned 
by the Town on Arlington Street. 

Motion: To amend original motion by striking out "$45,000.00" and sub- 
stituting "$5,000.00"; striking out "architectural working drawings" and sub- 
stituting "revised preliminary drawings"; and adding "the designed cost not 
to exceed $850,000.00". 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: 

John F. McLaughlin, Clyde J. Home, Theo C. Lester, Robert E. Sweeney, 
Dewey E. Boatman, Robert M. Stow, Sarah M. Hinckley, Edith D. Stowell. 

Total 328 Yes 203 No 125 

Motion carried. 

Motion to rescind the amendment. 

Total 292 Yes 123 No 169 

Motion lost. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to be expended by 
the Town Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect to make 
revised preliminary drawings for a contemplated twenty (20) class room 
elementary school to be located on land owned by the Town on Arlington 
Street, and that the designed cost is not to exceed $850,000.00. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



18 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 



March 11, 1963 



Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To amend Section 7 of the Town By-Laws, entitled 
Personnel By-Law for Wage and Salary Determination and Administration 
by increasing by an approximate 5% the figures in Schedule A, Schedule B 
and Schedule C, to be effective April 1, 196 3; a copy of the revised figures 
to be submitted by the Personnel Board to the Town Clerk at its earliest 
convenience. 



Article 1 

Chose: Eleanor P. Wilson trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for three 
years. 

Chose: H. Stuart MacGregor trustee of the West Acton Firemen's Re- 
lief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Clarence A. Frost trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 
for three years. 

Chose: Clark C. McElvein trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three years. 

Chose: Percival W. Wood trustee of the Citizens Library Association of 
West Acton for three years. 

Voted: That the Compensation of Elected officers of the Town of Acton 
for the calendar year 1963, adjusted for changes recommended by the Per- 
sonnel Board, effective April 1, 1963, be as follows: 

Moderator $15.00 per each night per meeting 

Board of Selectmen: 

Chairman $ 520.00 

Clerk 520.00 

Member 520.00 

Town Treasurer 3,240.00 

Town Collector 2,715.00 

Town Clerk 2,075.00 

Board of Assessors: 

Chairman 1,560.00 

Member 1,040.00 

Clerk 1,040.00 

Board of Public Welfare; 

Chairman 125.00 

Member 75.00 

Member 75.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 19 

Board of Health: 

Chairman $ 125.00 

Member 75.00 

Member 75.00 

Member as Assistant Agent, at the rate of $1.84 per hour 

Tree Warden, at the rate of $2.36 per hour from Jan. 1, 196 3 to March 
31, 1963 and $2.48 per hour from April 1, 1963 to Dec. 31, 1963, plus $.75 
per hour for the use of his truck. 

Article 2 
REPORTS 
Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards. 

Article 3 

To hear and act upon the reports of any Committees chosen at any pre- 
vious Town Meeting that have not already reported. 

Voted: That the Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen under 
Article #36 of the Annual Meeting of March 14, 1955, to compile and publish 
town ordinances, regulations and by-laws now in effect in Acton, be dis- 
charged and that a vote of thanks be extended to this committee for their 
service. 

Voted: That the Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen under 
Article #3 of the Special Town Meeting of September 12, 1955 for the pur- 
pose of making a study and recommendation for a suitable memorial to the 
Veterans of World War II and Korea and report at a later Town Meeting be 
discharged and that a vote of thanks be extended to this committee for their 
service. 

Voted: That the Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen under 
Article #48 of the Annual Meeting of March 13, 1961 to study the feasibility 
of the establishment of a Public Works Dept. be discharged and that a vote 
of thanks be extended to this committee for their services. 

Voted: That the seven member committee appointed under Article #2 
of the Special Town Meeting of July 28, 1952 to act as the Auditorium and 
Gymnasium Building Committee be discharged and that a vote of thanks be 
extended to this committee for their services. 



Article 5 

To see what sums of money the Town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate to defray the necessary expenses of the several departments of the 
Town and determine how the same shall be raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be appropriated for the 
several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended 
only for those purposes, under the direction of the respective Boards, 
Committees, or Officers of the Town and that the total sum of money be 
raised in the 1963 Tax Levy. 



20 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

General Government 

Moderator: 

1. Salary $ 75.00 

Finance Committee: 

2. Expenses 125.00 

Selectmen: 

3. Salaries 1,560.00 

4. Expenses 1,000.00 

5. Legal Services 1,250.00 

6. Extra Legal Services 2,000.00 

Town Office, Clerical Staff: 

7. Salary and Wages 25,836.70 

Engineering Department: 

8. Salaries 15,101.85 

9. Expenses 2,025.00 

Town Accountant: 

10. Salary 1,975.00 

11. Expenses 235.00 

Treasurer: • 

12. Salary 3,240.00 

13. Expenses 965.00 

Town Collector: 

14. Salary 2,715.00 

15. Expenses 1,516.00 

Town Assessors: 

16. Salaries 3,640.00 

17. Expenses 793.00 

Town Clerk: 

18. Salaries 2,075.00 

19. Expenses 500.00 

Election and Registration: 

20. Salaries and Wages 2,500.00 

21. Expenses 1,500.00 

Planning Board: 

22. Expenses 1,350.00 

Board of Appeals: 

23. Expenses 25.00 

Industrial Development Commission: 

24. Expenses 150.00 

Conservation Commission: 

25. Expenses 200.00 

Town Report Committee: 

26. Expenses 2,700.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 21 

Archives Committee: 

27. Expenses $ 75.00 

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee: 

28. Expenses 1,000.00 

Buildings and Grounds: 

29. Salaries and Wages 5,601.00 

30. Expenses 6,785.00 

Miscellaneous: 

31. Expenses 500.00 

Total General Government $ 91,013.55 



Protection of Persons and Property 

Police Department: 

32. Salaries and Wages 58,896.00 

33. Expenses 7,500.00 

Fire Department: 

34. Salaries and Wages. 20,763.00 

35. Expenses 11,000.00 

Fire Alarm System: 

36. Salaries and Wages 7,875.00 

37. Expenses 2,910.00 

38. Fire Hydrant Rental 17,600.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures: 

39. Salary and Travel 365.00 

40. Expenses 90.00 

Moth Department: 

41. Wages 3,969.00 

42. Expenses 1,700.00 

Town Forest Committee: 

43. Maintenance 100.00 

Tree Department: 

44. Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 

45. Wages 3,330.00 

46. Expenses 1,520.00 

Wire Inspector: 

47. Wages and Travel 2,000.00 

48. Expenses 25.00 

Building Inspector and Agent for Enforcement of Zoning By-Law: 

49. Wages and Travel 4,200.00 

50. Expenses 100.00 

Dog Officer: 

51. Wages and Travel 520.00 



22 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Building Committee: 

52. Expenses $ 50.00 

Civilian Defense: 

53. Expenses 360.00 



Total Protection of 

Persons and Property $145,298.00 



Health and Sanitation 

Board of Health: 

54. Salaries 275.00 

55. Expenses. . 1,500.00 

56. Secretary, Salary 

57. Town Nurse, Salary 5,158.00 

58. Town Nurse, Expenses 1,210.00 

59. Part Time Nurse, Wages 758.00 

60. Agent and Part Time Agent, Wages .... 3,500.00 

61. Laboratory Fees 600.00 

62. Hospital and Sanitorium 1,000.00 

63. Medical Supplies 400.00 

64. Clinics 2,500.00 

65. Garbage Collector 12,650.00 

66. Inspector of Animals, Wages 150.00 

67. Inspector of Animals, Expenses 30.00 

68. Plumbing Inspector, Wages 2,000.00 

69. Mosquito Control 2,500.00 

Total Health and Sanitation $ 34,231.00 



Highways 

Highways: 

70. Village Highways 5,300.00 

71. Drainage , 13,355.00 

72. Chapter 81, Highways 17,425.00 

73. Chapter 90, Highways 2,000.00 

74. Snow Removal 35,250.00 

75. Traffic Signs and Lines 3,280.00 

76. Vacations and Holidays 2,814.00 

77. Sidewalk Maintenance 800.00 

78. Highway Machinery Maintenance 7,000.00 

79. Street Lighting 15,750.00 

80. Town Dump 6,685.00 

Total Highways $109,659.00 

Charities 

81. District and Local Welfare 

81. District and Local Welfare 

Administrative Salaries 1,800.00 

82. Public Assistance 45,000.00 

Total Charities $ 46,800.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 23 



Veterans' Aid 

Veterans' Benefits and Services: 

83. Salary $ 1,635.00 

84. Expenses 275.00 

85. Aid 8,500.00 

Total Veterans' Aid $ 10,410.00 



Education 

Local Schools: 

86. Instruction 404,937.00 

(Less Transfer of Federal Funds) 20,000.00 

Net Instruction $384,937.00 

87. Plant Operation and Maintenance 43,355.00 

88. Transportation 47,148.00 

89. Non -Instructional Services 4,900.00 

90. Administration 11,050.00 

91. Blanchard Auditorium 9,725.00 

92. Capital Outlay. 1,553.00 

93. Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

Total Local School $503,668.00 

Regional School - (Acton's Share): 

94. Instruction 353,929.26 

Less Transfer of Federal Funds 18,360.00 

Net Instruction 335,569.26 

95. Plant Operation and Maintenance 38,784.35 

96. Transportation 13,790.47 

97. Non -Instructional Services 12,607.48 

98. Administration 11,563.97 

99. Blanchard Auditorium Lease 5,847.66 

100. Capital Outlay. 1,349.36 

101. Athletic Fund 11,697.16 

102. Contingency Fund 876.12 

Total Regional School $432,085.83 

Total Education $935,753.83 



Library 

Library: 

103. Salaries and Wages 9,017.00 

104. Expenses 2,711.00 

105. Books 5,310.00 

106. West Acton Library Expenses 1,000.00 



Total Libraries $ 18,038.00 



24 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Recreation 

Playgrounds: 

107. Wages . . $ 1,494.00 

108. Expenses 600.00 

Total Recreation $ 2,094.00 

Cemeteries 

109. Salaries and Wages 17,613.00 

110. Expenses 3,000.00 

Total Cemeteries $ 20,613.00 

Insurance 

111. Workman's Compensation 4,000.00 

112. Surety Bonds 820.00 

113. Fire Insurance, Town Buildings 5,500.00 

114. Boiler and Machinery Insurance 650.00 

115. Motor Vehicle Insurance 3,200.00 

116. Money and Securities, All Risks 

117. Group Health Insurance 7,200.00 

Total Insurance $ 21,370.00 

Pensions 

118. Pension Fund 12,274.00 

119. Expenses 682.01 

120. Military Service Fund 7.03 

Total Pensions $ 12,963.04 



Maturing Debt and Interest 

Regional School: 

121. Maturing Debt 42,370.00 

122. Interest 35,672.50 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School: 

123. Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

124. Interest 2,800.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition: 

125. Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

126. Interest 1,560.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 25 

New Elementary School: 

127. Maturing Debt $ 45,000.00 

128. Interest 22,140.00 

West Acton Fire Station: 

129. Maturing Debt 

130. Interest 

South Acton Fire Station: 

131. Maturing Debt 12,000.00 

132. Interest 1,200.00 

Anticipation of Revenue - Notes: 

133. Interest .- 600.00 

Miscellaneous Interest: 

134. Interest 100.00 



Total Maturing Debt and Interest . . $ 193,442.50 

Total Budget to be raised and 

and appropriated $1,641,685.92 



Special Articles 

Art. 8. Police Cruisers $ 4,000.00 

Art. 9. Chapter 90 

New Construction - Arlington St. . . . 6,900.00 

Art. 11. West and South Water Supply 

District - Hosmer Street 200.00 

Stabilization Fund 10,000.00 

Full Time Firefighters 2 3,500.00 

Personnel Board - Study 550.00 

Vocational Tuition and 

Transportation 4,500.00 

Office Furniture and Equipment. . . . 1,200.00 

Soils Report and Soils Map 900.00 

Tennis Courts 9,100.00 

Water Safety Account 600.00 

Drinking Fountains - 3 Fields 500.00 

Restoration - Baseball Diamond, etc. . 250.00 

Loaming & Seeding - Goward Field. . . 2 36.00 

Loaming & Seeding - Gardiner Field. . 2,835.00 

Snow Removal - Playground Pond . . 25.00 
Emergency Generator - 

South Acton Fire Station 1,950.00 

Fire Alarm Circuit Split and 

Extension - School Street, etc 4,935.00 

Parking Area - Rear 

West Acton Fire Station 1,650.00 

Lighting Davis Monument 440.00 

Parking Signs - West Acton 365.00 

Five Gonset Communicaters - 

Civil Defense 475.00 

Painting - Exterior Blanchard 

Auditorium 700.00 

Sidewalk - Main Street 2,200.00 



Art. 


12 


Art. 


14 


Art. 


15 


Art. 


22 


Art. 


23 


Art. 


28 


Art. 


29 


Art. 


30 


Art. 


31 


Art. 


32 


Art. 


33 


Art. 


34 


Art. 


35 


Art. 


37 


Art. 


39 


Art. 


47 


Art. 


49 


Art. 


51 


Art. 


58 


Art. 


60 


Art. 


61 



26 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Art. 63. Bodily Injury Liability 

Insurance - Town Building $ 750.00 

Art. 64. Speed Limit Signs - High Street . . . 310.00 



Art. 


10. 


Art. 


21. 


Art. 


26. 


Art. 


43. 


Art. 


44. 


Art. 


59. 


Art. 


65. 


Art. 


66. 



Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Special Articles $ 79,071.00 



Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue 

To 

Highways 43,775.00 

Conservation Fund 7,084.25 

North, South and Cross Street - 

Construction - Betterments ....... 8,000.00 

Stabilization Fund 12,500.00 

Compilation of Town By-Laws .... 2,500.00 

Bleachers - Blanchard Auditorium. . 4,300.00 

Improvements - Citizens Library . . 533.00 

Reserve Fund (Overlay Surplus) . . . 15,000.00 



$ 93,692.25 



Other Transfers 

Art. 40. From Chapter 782 

To Arlington Street 

Construction 10,963.30 

Art. 45. From Machinery Fund 

To Rebuilt 3-wheel Roller . . . 3,000.00 
Art. 46. From Machinery Fund 

To Snow Plow 850.00 

Art. 48. From Machinery Fund 

To Cement Mixer 500.00 

Art. 62. From McCarthy School 
Addition Account 

To 1962 Arlington St. 

Elementary School 

Building Account 14,000.00 



$ 29,313.30 
Grand Total $1,843,762.47 

Voted: To adjourn at 10:45 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 12, 
1963. 



Article 6 

Voted: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the rev- 
enue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1963 and to issue a note or 
notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew any note or notes as 
may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, 
Chapter 44, General Laws. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 27 

Article 7 

Voted: To authorize the Town Treasurer to act as collector of taxes, in 
accordance with the provisions of Section 1, of Chapter 41. 

Article 8 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 for 
the purchase of two (2) police cruisers and authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to trade-in, sell or otherwise dispose of the present cruisers. 

Article 9 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a 
contract with the Department of Public Works and the County Commissioners 
for Chapter 90, Construction on Arlington Street and that for said construc- 
tion the town raise and appropriate the sum of $6,900.00; said money to be 
used in conjunction with $6,900.00 to be allotted by the County and $13,800.00 
to be allotted by the State. 

Article 10 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $43,775.00 from Surplus Revenue 
which is the State and County allotments for highways for Chapter 81 and 90 
and that the reimbursements be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count. 

Chapter 81 - Maintenance State $20,075.00 

Chapter 90 - Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 - Maintenance County 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 - New Construction, County 6,900.00 

Chapter 90 - New Construction, State " 13,800.00 



$43,775.00 



Article 11 



Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, as its contribution 
to the West and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost of ex- 
tending a six-inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump 
on Massachusetts Avenue. 



Article 12 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000.00, for the Stabili- 
zation Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 
5-B. 



Article 13 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 



28 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 16 

Voted: To have the Selectmen appoint a committee of five to make a 
study of housing for the aged and to make a report to the next annual Town 
Meeting. 

Adjourned at 10:47 P.M. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, 
March 12, 1963. " . 



Article 62 

Voted unanimously: To transfer the sum of $14,000.00 from the Julia 
McCarthy School Addition Account to be known as the 1962 Arlington Street 
Elementary School Building Account. 

Article 14 

Voted: That seven firefighters be appointed on a full time basis, and 
that the sum of $23,500.00 be raised and appropriated to pay their salaries 
for the balance of the year. 

Article 15 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $550.00 for the 
Personnel Board to have a study made of the TownBy-Laws pertaining to the 
Fire Department, Job Classifications and Wage and Salary Determination and 
Administration. 

Article 21 

Motion: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $7,084.25 for 
the Conservation Fund. 

8:58 P.M. Voted: To adjourn at call of the chair. 

10:03 P.M. Reconvened after Special Town Meeting called at 9:00 P.M. 

Article 21 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $7,084.25 for 
the Conservation Fund. 

Voted: That no articles be started after 10:45 P.M. and that the meet- 
ing be adjourned until 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 13, 1963 at Blanchard 
Auditorium. 



Article 17 

Motion: (1) The Board of Selectmen be and is hereby authorized and 
directed to acquire by purchase or take by eminent domain under G. L. 
Chapter 79, as amended, four parcels of land totaling 25 acres more or less 
situated near Kelley' s Corner on the Westerly side of Main Street adjacent 
to Route 2 and hereinafter more particularly described, for municipal 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 29 

purposes, to wit, a police station, appurtenant facilities and related purposes 
(approximately 2 acres), a new public library, appurtenant facilities and re- 
lated facilities (approximately 4 acres), public highway and access road (ap- 
proximately 2 acres), drainage area, (approximately 1 acre), highway depart- 
ment facilities, storage and related facilities (approximately 5 acres), and 
school purposes (recreational area, related facilities and drainage) (approxi- 
mately 11 acres) - all as generally and more specifically shown on a plan 
prepared by Town of Acton Engineering Department, dated February 28, 
1963, entitled "Proposed Land Use for 25 Acres of Land" filed with the mod- 
erator, a copy of which shall be filed with the records following the minutes 
of this meeting. 

(2) The land, the acquisition of which was hereinbefore authorized, is 
more particularly described as follows: 

Parcel #1 - "Todd Land" containing 7 acres more or less: All of the 
land presently owned by Ethel L. Todd with the exception of the lot on which 
her house, garage and summer cottage presently stands and bounded as 
hereinafter described: In the South by Main Street (Route 27) and above 
mentioned house lot; in the West by School land owned by the Town of Acton; 
in the North by land now or formerly of the heirs of Mary T. Coughlin; in the 
East by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Route 2 limited access highway 
layout. 

Parcel #2 - "Coughlin Lot", containing 16 acres more or less: All the 
land in above area presently owned now or formerly by the heirs of Mary T. 
Coughlin and bounded as hereinafter described: in the South by previously 
described "Todd Land", in the West by School land and the Athletic field 
owned by the Town of Acton, in the North by the Athletic Field owned by the 
Town of Acton, and by land now or formerly of the X-4 Corporation; in the 
Northeast by land now or formerly of undertermined ownership, sometimes 
referred to as the Edward Tuttle lot and by land now or formerly of Ina M. 
Larson; in the East by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Route 2 limited 
access highway layout: 

Land of undertermined ownership 

Parcel #3 - "Tuttle Land", containing 3/4 acres more or less: South of 
Hayward Road and West of Route 2 and bounded as hereinafter described; in 
the South by previously described Coughlin land, in the North by Hayward 
Road and in the East by land now or formerly of Ina M. Larson; 

Parcel # 4 - "Larson Land" containing 1-1/4 acres more or less: All the 
land Southwesterly of the intersection of Hayward Road and Route 2 presently 
owned by Ina M. Larson and bounded as hereinafter described: In the West 
by previously described "Tuttle Land", in the North by Hayward Road, in the 
East by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Route 2 limited access highway 
layout and in the South by previously described Coughlin Land. 

(3) The sum of $25,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated for the pur- 
pose of acquiring the said land and to meet said appropriation the sum of 
$14,000.00 shall be transferred from available revenue funds in the surplus 
revenue account and the sum of $7,500.00, shall be included in the tax levy 
for the current year. 

Substitute Motion: (1) That the Board of Selectmen be and hereby is 
authorized and directed to acquire by purchase or take by eminent domain 
under G. L. Chapter 79, as amended, one parcel of land totaling 2 acres 
more or less, on Main Street adjacent to Route 2 and hereinafter more 
particularly described, for municipal purposes, to wit, a police station, 



30 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

appurtenant facilities, drainage and related purposes - as shown on a plan 
prepared by the Town of Acton Engineering Department, dated March 11, 
1963, entitled "Proposed Land Use for 2 Acres of Land" filed with the Mod- 
erator, a copy of which shall be filed with the records following the minutes 
of this meeting. 

(2) The land, the acquisition of which was hereinafter authorized is 
more particularly described as follows: 

SOUTHERLY by Main Street (Route 27): 

EASTERLY by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Route 2 limited 

access highway layout; 
NORTHERLY by land now or formerly of the heirs of Mary T. Coughlin; 
and WESTERLY by land now or formerly of Todd. 

(3) The sum of $4,900.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated for 
the purpose of acquiring the said land. 

Article 17 
Voted: To table substitute motion. 
Voted: To table original motion. 

Article 18 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 19 

Voted: To postpone indefinitely. 

Adjourn at 10:55 P.M. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, 
March 13,1963. 

Article 20 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 22 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,500.00 for the payment 
of vocational tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chap- 
ter 74 of the General Laws. 

Article 23 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,200.00 for the purchase 
of office furniture and equipment for the Town Hall. 



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Article 24 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 25 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, constructed under 
the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and laid out by the Board of 
Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: 

Wachusett Drive, 809.75 feet from Nashoba Road, North including the 
takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes where 
shown on said plans. 

Article 26 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen and according to plans on file with the Town Clerk. 

North Street, approximately 710 feet from Main Street to Carlisle Road. 

South Street, approximately 300 feet from Main Street to Cross Street. 

Cross Street, approximately 540 feet from South Street to North Street, 
including the takings or acceptances* of easements for drainage purposes as 
shown on said plans and appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$8,000.00 to grade, surface and provide surface drainage for above roads. 
All construction must meet the requirements of the Planning Board Rules 
and Regulations of April 1, 1954. All of the cost of these improvements to 
be assessed as betterments as per Chapter 80 of the General Laws. 

Article 27 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 28 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $900.00 for the purpose of 
preparing and acquiring a Detailed Soils Report and Soils Map of the Town of 
Acton from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Soils Conservation Service. 

Article 29 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $9,100.00 for the construc- 
tion and equipping of two tennis courts on Town of Acton land at the corner 
of Massachusetts Avenue and Charter Road, adjacent to and abutting the 
westerly end of the existing tennis courts. 

Article 30 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, for 
the support of the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the 
Red Cross and the School Department. 



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Article 31 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the purchase and 
installation of three pedestal type drinking fountains, to be located at Jones 
Field, Goward Field and Gardiner Field. 

Article 32 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the restoration 
of the baseball diamond and repairing of the backstop at Jones Field. 

Article 33 

Voted; unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $236.00, for the 
loaming and seeding of an area 50 feet by 75 feet at Goward Field. 

Article 34 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,835.00, for 
the loaming and seeding of an area 150 feet by 300 feet at Gardiner Field. 

Article 35 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $25.00 for snow 
removal on the playground pond on Charter Road for the purpose of creating 
an ice skating area. 

Article 36 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Town By-Laws, Section 7, Personnel 
By-Law, Schedules B, Bl, C and CI to indicate the change of grade S7 num- 
ber 3803 Town Nurse (Board of Health) to read grade S9 number 3803* and 
grade S7 number 3807 Assistant Town Nurse (P. T.) to read grade S9 number 
3807* and to further adjust the Schedule B and Bl to indicate grade S5 po- 
sition 607 Clerical Assistant (Board of Assessors) and to add section 14 
entitled DEATH OF A RELATIVE to read as follows: 

Payment will be made for lost time because of death in the immediate 
family. This includes the individuals parents, spouse and children, lost 
time up to three (3) days will be paid for. 

Funeral of other relatives, payment up to one (1) full day will be made 
for necessary time to attend funeral of other relatives. This will include: 
sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, grandaughter, mother- 
in-law, father-in-law, or an aunt or uncle of the employee. 

Individual consideration may be given by the Personnel Board for longer 
absences, or for absences because of the death of a close relative for whose 
care and support the individual is primarily responsible. 

Article 37 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,950.00, to pruchase and 
install an emergency generator at the South Acton Fire Station. 



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Article 38 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, for the pur- 
chase of a Radar unit for traffic for the Police Department. 

Motion: lost. 



Article 39 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,935.00, to split the ex- 
isting so-called Southeast circuit and extend the fire alarm network from the 
South Acton Fire Station along School Street, Main Street, High Street, Par- 
ker Street, Independence Road, River Street and Laws Brook Road; also to 
install five (5) alarm boxes. 



Article 40 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$10,963.30, for the purpose of new highway construction on Arlington Street, 
in accordance with Chapter 782 of the Acts of 1962. 

Article 41 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 42 

Motion: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an Executive 
Agent in accordance with Section 23A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, as 
amended or as the same may be amended, and to raise and appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $5,000.00, for the payment of salary of such 
Executive Agent. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: John F. McLaughlin, Harold 
W. Flood, Theron A. Lowden, Dewey E. Boatman, Warren W. Wheeler, Ed- 
win H. Christofferson. 

Total Vote: 243 Yes - 102. No - 141. 

Motion lost. 

Adjourned at 10:58 P.M. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. on Monday, 
March 18, 1963. 

Article 43 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $12,500.00, for 
the Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 
40, Section 5-B. 



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Article 44 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $2,500.00, for 
the compilation of all Town By-Laws. 

Article 45 

Voted: To appropriate from the Machinery Fund the sum of $3,000.00, 
for the purchase of a rebuilt 3- wheel roller (10-12 ton capacity) for the High- 
way Department and authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in, sell or 
otherwise dispose of the old one. 

Article 46 

Voted: To appropriate from the Machinery Fund the sum of $850.00, 
for the purchase of a snow plow for the Highway Department and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to trade-in, sell or otherwise dispose of an old one. 

Article 47 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of #1,650.00, for the purpose 
of creating a municipal parking area in the rear of the West Acton Fire 
Station. 

Article 48 

Voted: To appropriate from Machinery Fund the sum of $500.00, for 
the purchase of a cement-mixer (one-half bag capacity) for the Highway De- 
partment and authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in, sell or otherwise 
dispose of the old one. 

Article 51 

Voted: To instruct the Board of Selectmen to amend the Traffic Rules 
and Orders of the Town of Acton by adding a paragraph stating that parking 
on both sides of Massachusetts Avenue, between Arlington Street and the 
intersections of Spruce Street and Kinsley Road be limited to one (1) hour 
between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., except on Sundays and Holi- 
days; West side of Windsor Avenue, between Massachusetts Avenue and Pearl 
Street, and on both sides of Central Street from Arlington Street to Pearl 
Street be limited to two (2) hours between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 
P.M., except on Sundays and Holidays; and to raise and appropriate the sum 
of $365.00, for the purchase and erection of the necessary signs. This 
article will not become operable until the municipal parking area in the 
rear of the West Acton Fire Station voted under Article 47 is completed 
and ready for use. 

Article 52 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 



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Article 58 

Voted: To raise and appropriate from available funds the sum of $475.00 
to be used in conjunction with the amount of $625.00, unanimously voted at the 
Special Town Meeting of June 24, 1957 to purchase five (5) Gonset two-meter 
communicators for Civil Defense. 

Article 59 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $4,300.00, for 
the purchase of folding bleachers to be installed in Blanchard Auditorium. 

Article 60 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $700.00, for the painting of 
the exterior trim and doors of Blanchard Auditorium. 

Article 61 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,200.00, for the construc- 
tion of a sidewalk and the necessary berms on Main Street in the section 
covered by the 1962 Chapter 90 Construction. 

Article 63 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $750.00, for bodily injury 
liability insurance, covering the Town buildings. 

Article 64 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $310.00, for the purchase 
and installation of eight (8) speed limit signs. 

Article 65 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $533.00 to pay 
for improvements made on the Citizens Library Association of West Acton 
property. 

Article 66 

Voted: To appropriate $10,000.00 from overlay surplus, for a Reserve 
Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 6. 

Moderator relinquished chair and turned the meeting over to Milford B. 
Bottomley who was appointed Moderator for remainder of meeting. 

Article 49 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $440.00, to install electrical 
wiring to light the Davis Monument. 



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Article 50 



Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,200. 00, for the purpose 
of erecting a permanent memorial to the men and women of the Town of 
Acton who served in World War II and the Korean Conflict; this memorial to 
be erected by a joint committee of the Board of Selectmen and the Public 
Ceremonies and Celebration Committee. 

Motion lost. 



Article 53 

Motion: To rescind the vote of 1890 accepting Chapter 52; Acts and Re- 
solves of Massachusetts 1890, approved February 27, 1890 to incorporate 
the Acton Memorial Library, Acton, Mass. 

Motion lost. 



Article 54 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 55 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 56 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 57 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 67 
Voted: To dismiss the Article. 
Voted: To adjourn at 11:10 P.M. 



A true copy. Attest: 



CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 



March 12, 1963 



Article 1 

* 

Voted unanimously: (1) That there is hereby authorized the construc- 
tion, originally equipping and furnishing of an elementary school building to 
contain approximately twenty classrooms as well as other necessary rooms 
and facilities to be located on land of the Town on Arlington Street; 

(2) That the sum of $900,000.00 is hereby appropriated for the purpose 
of constructing, originally equipping and furnishing said elementary school 
and other costs incidental thereto and connected therewith and to meet said 
appropriation the sum of $75,000.00 is to be transferred from the Stabiliza- 
tion Fund; the sum of $11,000.00 transferred from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count; the sum of $14,000.00 transferred from the Julia McCarthy School 
Addition Account; and the Treasurer be and hereby is authorized to borrow 
the sum of $800,000.00 under the authority of Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1945, 
as amended, and to issue at one time or from time to time bonds of the Town 
therefor payable in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 
of the General Laws, each such issue of bonds to be paid in not more than 20 
years from its date of issue, provided, however, that if and to the extent a 
construction grant for said school project from the Commonwealth under the 
provisions of Chapter 591 of the Acts of 1959, as amended, or any other en- 
abling authority, is received prior to the sale of all of the bonds hereinbefore 
authorized, the proceeds of such grant shall be applied to the cost of the 
project in lieu of the proceeds from bonds and the amount of the total loan 
hereinbefore authorized shall be reduced accordingly; 

(3) That the Building Committee of the Town of Acton acting for and on 
behalf of the Town shall have full power and authority to construct, originally 
equip and furnish said elementary school building including power and author- 
ity to make necessary contracts for and to have charge and supervision of 
said construction of said elementary school building, to hire architects and 
engineers and to take any other action necessary to carry said school project 
to completion. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 



June 24, 1963 



Article 3 

Voted unanimously: To accept Chapter 77 of the Acts of 196 3, viz: 
(Chapter 77) An Act Providing that Certain Applicants Who Do Not Meet 
Certain Minimum Height Requirements Shall Be Eligible For Appointment 
As Police Officers in the Town of Acton. 



38 • 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Be it enacted, etc. as follows: 

Section 1. Notwithstanding any rule to the contrary regulating the mini- 
mum height of Police Officers, applicants in the next open competitive exam- 
ination for police officer in the Town of Acton who meet all other require- 
ments shall be eligible for certification and appointment providing they are 
not less than five feet five inches in height. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance by the Town of 
Acton. 

Article 1 

Motion: To amend the Zoning By-Law by deleting same in its entirety 
and substituting and adopting therefore the following as to form and content: 

Protective Zoning By-Law of 

the Town of Acton, Mass., as 

Revised and Amended - June 24, 1963 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

I PREAMBLE 

II GENERAL REGULATIONS 

A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings 

B. Temporary Uses 

C. Lots in Two Districts 

D. Signs and Advertising Devices 

E. Trailers 

F. Municipal, Educational, Religious, Historical or Conservation uses. 

G. Accessory Buildings 

III DISTRICTS 

A. Classes of Districts 

1. Residential 

2. Business 

3. Industrial 

B. Location of Districts 

IV USE REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 

B. Residential and Agricultural Districts 

C. Business District 

D. Industrial District 

V INTENSITY REGULATIONS 
A. General Requirements 

1. Applicability 

2. Setback 

3. Projections 



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4. Dwellings 

5. Use of Required Yards 

6. Parking Area 

7. Off-street Loading Facilities 

B. Intensity Regulation Schedule 

C. Modification and Exceptions 

1. Party Walls 

2. Open Space 

VI ADMINISTRATION 

A. Enforcement 

B. Board of Appeals 

C. Amendments 

D. Effect of By-Law 

E. Validity 

I PREAMBLE 

For the purpose of promoting in the Town of Acton the health, 
safety, convenience and welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the dangers 
from fire, congestion and confusion and to encourage the most appropri- 
ate use of land in the town, this protective by-law is enacted. 

II GENERAL REGULATIONS 

A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings 

1. Nothing in this by-law shall prohibit the continued lawful use of 
land or buildings in the same or similar manner in which they 
were used at the time of the adoption of this by-law, but if any 
nonconforming use shall be discontinued for a period of more 
than five years, it may not be resumed, except by a permit 
granted by the Board of Appeals. 

2. Necessary repairs and rebuilding of nonconforming structures 
after damage by fire, storm, or similar disaster are hereby 
permitted provided they are accomplished without delay and do 
not substantially change the character or size of the buildings 
nor the use to which they were put prior to such damage. 

B. Temporary Uses 

The Board of Appeals may permit a temporary building or use 
incidental to the development of a neighborhood, such permit to be 
issued for an initial period of not more than two years and for re- 
newal periods of not more than one year each. 

C. Lots in Two Districts 

When a district boundary line divides a lot of single or joint 
ownership of record at the time this by-law is adopted, the regula- 
tions for the less restricted portion of such lot shall extend not 
more than thirty feet into the more restricted portion, provided the 
lot has frontage on a street in the less restricted district. 



40 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

D. Signs and Advertising Devices 

Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures 
under this law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recom- 
mendation by the Planning Board. Application for a license shall be 
made to the Selectmen and shall be accompanied by a complete de- 
scription of the sign including a graphic pictorial representation 
thereof. A professional sign of six (6) square feet or less in area 
shall not require a license provided that said sign is on the premises 
of the person or company offering the services advertised and, in the 
case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered for sale or 
lease. 

Temporary signs for religious, educational and other noncom- 
mercial uses may be allowed by the Board of Selectmen. 

E. Trailers 

Hereinafter no person shall use or permit to be used for dwel- 
ling purposes within the Town, any trailer or similar mobile equip- 
ment whether registered, or unregistered, mobile or immobile, 
except the mobile trailers may be used for temporary dwelling 
purposes, provided such use is licensed by the Selectmen, said 
license to be applied for by the occupant within three (3) days after 
the unit is located in the Town, and with no license granted here- 
under to be for a period exceeding six (6) calendar months. 

F. Municipal, Educational, Religious, Historical or Conservation uses. 

Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the development of any 
land in any district for municipal, educational, religious, historical 
or conservation use. Such use shall not be exempt from the general 
or specific regulations of this By-Law other than the Use Regula- 
tions. 

G. Accessory Buildings 

No accessory building or structure shall be located within the 
required front yard area nor within ten (10) feet of any lot line. 

Ill DISTRICTS 

A. Types of Districts 

For purposes of this By-Law the Town of Acton is hereby 
divided into the following types and classes of Districts. Reference 
in the text shall be to the symbol in the right hand column indicated 
below. 

1. Residential Districts 

a. Residence 1 (Min. 40,000 sq. ft.) Rl 

b. Residence 2 (Min. 20,000 sq. ft.) R2 

2. Business Districts 

a. General business Bl 

3. Industrial Districts 

a. General Industrial II 

Presently existing Industrial area shall be designated as II, 
presently existing Business areas shall be designated as Bl, and 
presently existing Residential areas shall be designated as R2 ex- 
cept as set forth under Section III B hereof and the "Zoning Map of 
the Town of Acton." 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 41 

B. Location of Districts 

Said districts are defined and bounded on the map which ac- 
companies this by-law entitled "Zoning Map of the Town of Acton," 
Map No. 1 dated May 1, 1963 and filed in the office of the Town 
Clerk, which map, with notations thereon, is hereby made a part of 
this by-law. In the event of any difference between scaled distance 
upon said map and distance as indicated by figures, said figures 
shall govern. 

1. The industrial area marked A and shown on the map as located 
in Acton Center lies southeasterly on Main Street between 
Nagog Hill Road and Brook Street and includes only the land 
described in the following deeds: 

Mary A. Packard to Technology Instrument Corporation re- 
corded in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7632 Page 383. 

Mary A. Packard to Lucius E. Packard and Raymond W. Searle, 
recorded in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7840 Page 375. 

Norman F. Livermore to Paul M. and Margaret McPherson re- 
corded in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7716 Page 558. 

IV USE REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 

1. In Residential, Business and Industrial Districts no building or 
structure shall be erected or used and no premises shall be 
used except as set forth in sub -paragraphs B. C. and D. of use 
regulations herein. 

2. Permitted uses and uses allowed under special permit by the 
Board of Appleals, as provided in Section VI, shall be in con- 
formity with the provisions of Section II and V of this By-Law. 

3. Residential and Business uses existing in Industrial Districts 
prior to June 24, 1963 shall be considered non-conforming, but 
shall be permitted the same respective privileges as permitted 
in Section III Al or Section III A2. 

B. Residential and Agricultural Districts (Rl and R2) 

1. In a Residential and Agricultural District (R-l and/or R-2) a 
building or premise may be erected, altered, or used for the 
following purposes: 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more 
than four private motor vehicles. 

b. Renting of not more than four rooms and furnishing of 
board by a resident family to not more than four non- 
transiertt persons. 

c. Professional office or studio of a resident physician, den- 
tist, attorney, architect, engineer or other members of a 
recognized profession; or a customary home occupation 
such as worker in handicraft, music teacher, or a person 
of similar vocation employing not more than two permanent 
employees. 

d. Agricultural uses including general farming, orchard, 
nursery, green house, and livestock except the raising of 
swine or fur-bearing animals for commercial use. The 
garaging of farm equipment which is principally used on 



42 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

the premises, salesroom or stand for display or sale of 
agricultural or horticultural products, the major portion of 
which is grown or produced on the premises. 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals 
as provided in Section VI. 

a. Alteration and conversion of a single family dwelling ex- 
isting prior to June 24, 1963 to accomodate two families. 

b. Tourist lodge, but not including an overnight cabin, motel 
or hotel. 

c. Nursery school or other use for the day care of children or 
a private organized camp. 

d. Hospital, sanitorium, nursing, rest or convalescent home, 
charitable institution or other non-correctional institutional 
use. 

e. Non-profit country, tennis or golf club, lodge building or 
other social, civic or recreational use. 

f. Business or professional office or agency, bank, or other 
financial institution; office of a resident Real Estate Bro- 
ker, Insurance Broker and Hairdresser. 

g. Commercial greenhouse. 

h. Animal hospital Veterinary Practice and kennels, 
i. Stone quarry, sand or gravel pit. 

3. All other uses are not permitted. 

C. Business District 

1. The following uses are permitted in a Business District. (Bl) 

a. All uses permitted in sub-paragraph Bl of this Section. 

b. Multiple family dwellings or apartments. 

c. Tourist home, hotel, motel or overnight cabins. 

d. Nursery school or other use for the day care of children or 
a privately organized camp. 

e. Undertaking establishment or funeral home. 

f. Retail stores and associated warehouses. 

g. Business or professional office or agency, bank, or other 
financial institution. 

h. Commercial greenhouse. 

i. Filling or service station; repair garage for motor 

vehicles; autobody, soldering or welding shop and sales- 
rooms for motor vehicles, trailers, boats, farm imple- 
ments or machinery. 

j. Restaurant or other place serving food or beverages. 

k. Wholesale office or showroom with enclosed storage. 

1^ Indoor amusement or recreation place. 

m. Manufacturing on the premises of products, a major por- 
tion of which is to be sold on the premises at retail to the 
ultimate consumer thereof. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 43 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals 
as provided in Section VI. 

a. All uses permitted in sub-paragraph B2 a, d, e, and h of 
this section. 

b. Drive-in or open air business. 

c. Public or commercial outdoor amusement but not includ- 
ing outdoor movie theatre. 

3. All other uses are not permitted. 

D. Industrial District (1-1) 

1. The following uses are permitted in the Industrial District. 
(1-1) 

a. Agricultures! uses as permitted in sub-paragraph Bl d of 
this section. 

b. General industrial uses including manufacturing, process- 
ing or other industrial operations. 

c. Sawmill. 

d. Light manufacturing uses when the processes involved en- 
tail only the fabrication assembly, finishing work or pack- 
aging. 

e. Warehouses (except retail) and open storage, such as lum- 
ber yards, stone, brick, gravel, cement and other bulky 
merchandise, contractors yard and similar uses. 

f. Manufacturing on the premises of products a portion of 
which may be sold on the premises at retail to the ultimate 
consumer. 

2. The following uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals 
as provided in Section VI. 

a. Non-profit country, tennis or golf club, lodge building or 
other social, civic or recreational use. 

b. Commercial greenhouse. 

c. Filling or service station, repair garage for motor ve- 
hicles, autobody, soldering or welding shop and salesroom 
for motor vehicles, trailers, boats, farm implements or 
machinery. 

d. Private restaurant or other place serving food or 
. beverages. 

e. Wholesale office or showroom with enclosed storage. 

f. Public or commercial outdoor amusement but not includ- 
ing outdoor movie theatre. 

g. Animal Hospital, veterinary practice and kennels. 

h. Motor freight or other transportation terminals; yards for 
servicing of trucks or trailers. 

i. Stone quarry, sand or gravel pit. 

j. Retail Business. 

3. All other uses not permitted. 



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V INTENSITY REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 

1. Applicability. In the several districts set out in Section III A of 
this By-Law no development or redevelopment of any land, and 
no construction, reconstruction, or conversion of any building 
or structure shall be permitted except in accordance with the 
accompanying "Intensity Regulations Schedule" and in accord- 
ance with the several additional requirements of this Section. 

2. Setback. No building or other structure shall be erected nearer 
than 30 feet to the sidelines of the street, except that where two 
or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line less 
than permitted above, the Board of Appeals may permit a new 
structure to be erected in conformity with the line so estab- 
lished. 

3. Projections. Nothing herein shall prevent the projection of 
cornices or eaves not exceeding twenty-four (24) inches in width 
or of steps or sills into any required yard. 

4. Dwellings. In any district no more than one building for resi- 
dential use shall be built on a single lot. 

5. Use of Required Yards. Required front yards are to be free of 
all structures, and parking areas, not including essential ac- 
cess drives, except by permission of the Board of Appeals with 
recommendation of the Planning Board. 

6. Parking Area. A parking area off the public ways must be pro- 
vided for all automobiles used by all employees, residents and 
customers of the premises. 

The formulae for determining the proposed number of parking 
spaces required shall be submitted to and for the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen or its agent at the same time as ap- 
plication shall be made for a building or use permit. 

7. Off-Street Loading Facilities. Off-Street Loading Facilities 
must be provided and be of sufficient area to keep the public 
way clear. 



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C. Modifications and Exceptions 

1. Party Walls. In General Business Districts only, the required 
side yards shall not apply to non residential buildings having a 
party wall on a side lot line. 

2. Open Space. Within or in addition to the required yards for all 
multi-family uses there shall be provided usable open space of 
at least 500 sq. ft. per dwelling unit with one or less bedrooms 
and 1,000 sq. ft. per dwelling unit with two or more bedrooms. 
Such space shall not include parking space or laundry drying 
areas but shall be designated for active and passive recreation. 

VI ADMINISTRATION 

A. Enforcement 

1. Enforcement. This By-Law shall be enforced by the Board of 
Selectmen or their agent in the manner provided for by the 
General Laws and the By-Laws of the Town. Any person ag- 
grieved by any decision hereunder may appeal to the Board of 
Appeals. 

2. Building Permit. In any district, a Building permit shall not be 
issued until such proposed action shall comply in all respects 
with the provisions of this By-Law or with a decision rendered 
by the Board of Appeals. 

Any application for a Building permit shall be accompanied by 
a plan accurately drawn, showing the actual shape and dimen- 
sions of the lot to be developed, the location and size of all ex- 
isting structures on the lot, the location of all proposed improv- 
ments, together with the lines within which all buildings or 
structures are to be erected, the existing or intended use of 
each improvement and such further information as may be 
necessary to provide for the execution and enforcement of this 
By-Law. A record of all applications, plans and permits and 
actions taken thereon shall be kept on file by the Building 
Inspector. 

3. Certificate of Occupancy. A certificate of occupancy as re- 
quired by the Acton Building Code shall be conditional on the 
adequacy of parking space and such other facilities as may be 
required by this By-Law or a decision of the Board of Appeals, 
and shall lapse if and when such areas and facilities are used 
for other purposes. 

4. Conformance to Performance Standards. Any alleged violator 
shall be investigated. The Board of Selectmen, if there appears 
to be reasonable grounds, may employ qualified experts to de- 
termine such violation. If, after a public hearing, violation is 
found to have occurred or does exist, the violator shall pay such 
costs in addition to any fines. 

5. Fines. The penalty for violation of this By-Law shall be $20.00 
each offense; as provided in Chapter 40, Section 21 of the Gen- 
eral Laws as amended, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

B. Board of Appeals 

1. In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40 A of the Gen- 
eral Laws, a Board of Appeals consisting of three (3) members 
shall be appointed by the Selectmen for terms of such length 
and so arranged that the term of one member shall expire each 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 47 

year. Two associates shall be appointed in like manner. No 
member of the Board of Appeals shall act in any matter in 
which he is personally interested, in such event an associate 
shall act. 

2. Such board shall have all the powers set forth in Chapter 40A 
of the General Laws together with the powers and authority set 
forth in this By-Law and shall be governed by the systems and 
procedures as established by Chapter 40A of the General Laws 
as amended. 

3. The Board of Appeals shall have the following powers and 
duties: 

a. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there 
is an error in the enforcement of this By-Law; 

b. To hear and decide applications for special permits for 
exceptions as required by this By-Law. 

A special permit is a permit to use property for the purpose 
specified and shall not waive, vary or relax any other provision 
of this By-Law applicable thereto. In acting upon special per- 
mits the Board shall consider the general intent of the Com- 
prehensive Town Plan and may accordingly impose such con- 
ditions and safeguards as are deemed necessary. 

c. To authorize upon appeal or petition with respect to a par- 
ticular parcel of land a variance from the terms of this 
By-Law. Such variance shall be granted only for reasons 
of practical difficulty and substantial hardship to the appel- 
lant and only where the Board finds that: 

aa. There are special circumstances or conditions ap- 
plying to the land or building for which the variance 
is sought, which circumstances or conditions are 
peculiar to such land or building but not affecting 
generally the zoning district in which it is located 
and application of the standards of this By-Law would 
deprive the applicant of a reasonable use of the prop- 
erty and 

bb. The specific variance as granted by the Board is the 
minimum variance that will grant a reasonable relief 
to the owner; and 

cc. The granting of the variance will be in harmony with 
the purpose and intent of this By-Law. In approving 
a variance the Board may attach such conditions and 
safeguards as are deemed necessary to protect the 
neighborhood in addition to the applicable require- 
ments of this By-Law. 

dd. In accordance with Chapter 40A, Section 20 of the 
General Laws, no appeal or petition for a variance 
from the terms of this By-Law, nor any application 
for a special permit for exceptions to the terms of 
this By-Law which has been unfavorably acted upon 
by the Board of Appeals shall be considered on its 
merits by said Board within two years after the date 
of such unfavorable action except with the consent of 
all the members of the Planning Board. 

C. Amendments 

1. In accordance with the General Laws this By-Law may be 
amended by a two-thirds vote of a Town Meeting. 



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2. In accordance with Chapter 40A, Section 8 of the General Laws, 
no proposed By-Law making a change in any existing zoning By- 
Law, which has been unfavorably acted upon by a Town Meeting, 
shall be considered on its merits by a Town Meeting within two 
years after the date of such unfavorable action unless the 
adoption of such proposed By-Law is recommended in the final 
report of the Planning Board as required by Chapter 40A, 
Section 6 of the General Laws. 

D. Effect of By-Law 

1. Nothing in this By-Law shall be construed as repealing or mod- 
ifying any other existing Town By-Law, rule, regulation or per- 
mit, but shall be in addition thereto. 

E. Validity 

1. The invalidity of any section or provision of this By-Law shall 
not invalidate any other section or provision thereof not mani- 
festly inseparable therefrom. 

2. These By-Laws shall take effect upon compliance of the pro- 
visions of Section 32, Chapter 40 of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the proposed Protective Zoning By-Law of The Town of 
Acton be amended by inserting in Section B of Article III after the word "by- 
law" and before the period of the first sentence thereof, the following: 

", except that said map is hereby amended as follows: 

The Residence 1 District in that part of Acton adjacent to The Town of 
Carlisle shall be extended to include the area bounded on the West by Robins 
Mill Pond and Nonset Brook, on the North by the center of Carlisle Road, and 
on the East by the Town of Carlisle". 

Voted: To strike out in Section II G the words "No accessory building or 
structure" and insert "No accessory building, structure, garage and breeze- 
way or attached garage". 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Harold W. Flood, Thomas 
Motley, 2nd, Lawrence P. Wilder, Earle W. Tuttle, Virginia Hennessy, 
Dorothe L. Gravin, Lydia R. Lesure, Katherine B. Crafts, Dorothy E. 
Williams. 

Ballot vote. Total - 202. Yes - 126. No - 76 

Needed to carry - 135 

Motion lost. 



Article 2 
Voted: To pass over the article. 
Adjourned at 9:52 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 



September 9, 1963 

Article 1 

Motion: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent do- 
main or otherwise acquire a certain parcel of land for school purposes, said 
parcel of land containing approximately 81.53 acres of land on the southerly 
side of Main and Brook Streets, Acton Center, believed to be now or formerly 
the property of Brewster Conant of Evanston, Illinois and being more par- 
ticularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point of intersection of the southerly side line of Brook 
Street with the westerly side line of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford 
Railroad, Framingham- Lowell Railroad, thence 102.3 feet at South 06°57'0" 
West by said railroad side line, thence 187+ at North 78° 29'0" West to Nash- 
oba Brook, thence approximately 225.00 feet in a southeasterly direction by 
said Nashoba Brook to previously mentioned railroad side line, thence 
2123.85 feet at South 06° 57' 0" West by said railroad side line to an iron pipe 
at land of Snyer, thence 503.45 at North 64° 40' 0" West by land of Snyer to a 
corner of a stone wall, thence again by Snyer land 298.00- North 22° 50' 0" 
East, thence westerly by land of Snyer, 674. OOl approximately to a corner of 
stone walls between land of Snyer and Technical Instrument Corp., thence 
northwesterly 1, 46 3.001' feet by said T.I.C. land, along a stone wall to a cor- 
ner in said stone wall, thence along a stone wall by two courses, 82.5 feet @ 
South 87° 19' 30" and 129.7 at South 77° 04' 30" West to the end of said wall, 
thence 52.22 feet at North ^OS'IO" East to the easterly side line of Main 
Street, thence 1,066.88 feet by the easterly side line of Main Street as es- 
tablished in the 1927 County Layout, thence 1,566.15 feet by the southerly 
side line of Brook Street as established in the 1947 County Layout to point 
of beginning. 

All of described land as being shown on a plan entitled: "Land in Acton, 
owned by Augustine B. Conant, and Brewster Conant, by Harlan E. Tuttle, of 
February 18, 1958, as being Parcel 2 in its entirety and recorded in Middle- 
sex Registry of Deeds in Book 9131, Page End. 

(2) That the sum of $125,000 be appropriated for the purpose of pur- 
chasing, taking by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the aforesaid par- 
cel of land; 

(3) That to meet the aforesaid appropriation for the purchasing, taking 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the aforesaid parcel of land, the 
sum of $5,000 shall be and hereby is transferred from the surplus revenue 
account; and the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, shall be and 
he hereby is authorized to borrow the sum of $120,000 under the authority of 
Chapter 44, Section 7, Clause (3) of the General Laws and to issue, at one 
time or from time to time, bonds or notes of the Town therefore, payable in 
accordance with the applicable provisions of said Chapter 44, each such issue 
of bonds to be paid in not more than twenty years from its date and each such 
issue of notes to be paid in not more than four years from its date. 

Voted to amend motion to read as follows: That the Town authorize the 
Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for 
school purposes a certain parcel of land containing approximately 43 acres 
of land, being a portion of a larger parcel of land containing approximately 



50 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

81.53 acres on the southerly side of Main and Brook Streets, Acton Center, 
believed to be now or formerly the property of Brewster Conant of Evanston, 
Illinois. Said portion is more particularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the southerly side line of Brook Street, said point 
being located 808.23 feet from the intersection of the southerly side line of 
Brook Street and the easterly side line of Main Street at a Road Bound 
measured in an easterly direction by said southerly side line of Brook Street, 
thence running 400.00 feett by said Brook Street, to Nashoba Brook and land 
now or formerly of Brewster Conant, thence approximately 425.00 feet north- 
easterly by said Nashoba Brook to land now or formerly of New York, New 
Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham-Lowell Railroad, thence 
approximately 225.00 feet southeasterly by said Nashoba Brook and land of 
said New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham- 
Lowell Railroad to the westerly side line of the New York, New Haven and 
Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham-Lowell Railroad Right-of-way, 
thence 2123.85 feet at south 06° 57' 0" West by said Railroad Right-of-way to 
an iron pipe at land now or formerly of Harry & Rose I. Snyer, thence 503.45 
feet at North 64° 40' 0" West along a stone wall by land of said Snyer to a cor- 
ner, thence 298.00 feet approximately at North 22°50'0 M East by land of said 
Snyer, thence turning and running westerly 674.00 feet by said Snyer land to a 
corner of three stone walls between land of said Snyer and Technical Instru- 
ment Corporation, thence turning and running 2,160 feet t in a north-north- 
westerly direction to point of beginning; All of said land to include approxi- 
mately 43.00 + acres and as shown by a plan entitled "Plan of land for School 
purposes, owned now or formerly by Augustine B. and Brewster Conant as 
prepared by Engineering Department, Town of Acton, dated September 9, 
1963". Said plan to be recorded with the instruments of taking and the pro- 
ceedings of this Town Meeting. 

(2) That the sum of $55,000 be appropriated for the purpose of purchas- 
ing, taking by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the above -de scribed 
parcel of land; 

(3) That to meet the aforesaid appropriation for the purchasing, taking 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the aforesaid parcel of land, the 
sum of $5,000 shall be and hereby is transferred from the surplus revenue 
account; and the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, shall be and 
he hereby is authorized to borrow the sum of $50,000 under the authority of 
Chapter 44, Section 7, Clause (3) of the General Laws and to issue, at one 
time or from time to time, notes of the Town therefore, payable in accord- 
ance with the applicable provisions of said Chapter 44, each such issue of 
notes to be paid in not more than four years from its date. 

The Moderator appointed the following tellers: James B. Wilson, Julia 
A. Barry, Barbara A. Birch, Grace J. Cullinane, Hazel P. Vose, Eleanor P. 
Wilson, Phyllis P. Sprague, John H. Loring, Warren W. Wheeler, Charlotte 
Wetherbee, Katherine B. Crafts, Hilda E. Home, William H. Flood, John 
McK. Whittier, Sr., Elizabeth H. Boardman, John W. Putnam. 

Total vote 494 Yes - 287 No - 207 

Needed to carry - 329 

Motion lost. 

Voted: To take up Article 3. 



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51 



Article 3 

Voted unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by in- 
serting in Section 2 a new Article as follows: 

Article 11. Inspector of Gas Piping and Gas Appliances. The Board 
of Selectmen shall in each year, after its organization, appoint an 
inspector of gas piping and gas appliances in buildings, whose duty 
shall be the enforcement of the rules and regulations adopted by the 
Board established by General Laws, chapter 25, section 12H, in- 
serted by section 1 of chapter 737 of the Acts of 1960, and amend- 
ments thereto. 

Article 4 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00, from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count to compensate the Gas Inspector. 

Article 5 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from the Insurance Claim Recovery 
Fund to the Village Account the amount of $1,721.19. 

Article 6 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count to the Machinery Fund. 

Article 7 

Voted unanimously: To accept the relocation of Parker Street, at its 
intersection with Independence Road, for a distance of 553.96 feet, approxi- 
mately half of which runs in a southwesterly direction from said intersection 
and the other half in a northerly direction, as laid out by the Board of Select- 
men for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to a 
plan on file with the Town Clerk. 

Article 8 

Voted: To rescind the action taken under Article 40 of the 196 3 Annual 
Town Meeting and vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$10,96 3.30 for the purposes of new highway construction on Parker Street, 
Martin Street and Arlington Street, in accordance with Chapter 782 of the 
Acts of 1962. 



Article 2 



Motion: To pass over Article. 
Voted: To adjourn at 10:55 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 



CHARLES M. MacRAE 

Town Clerk 



Amendment to the Town By-Laws voted in the affirmative at the Special Town 
Meeting September 9, 1963 was approved by Attorney General Edward W. 
Brooke on October 28, 196 3. 



52 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 



October 28, 1963 



Article 1 

Motion: (1) That the Town authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by 
eminent domain or otherwise acquire for school purposes a certain parcel of 
land containing approximately 43 acres of land, being a portion of a larger 
parcel of land containing approximately 81.53 acres on the southerly side of 
Main and Brook Streets, Acton Center, believed to be now or formerly the 
property of Brewster Conant of Evanston, Illinois. Said portion is more 
particularly described as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the southerly sideline of Brook Street, said point 
being located 808.23 feet from the intersection of the southerly sideline of 
Brook Street and the easterly sideline of Main Street at a road bound meas- 
ured in an easterly direction by said southerly sideline of Brook Street, 
thence running 400.00 feet + by said Brook Street, to Nashoba Brook and land 
now or formerly of Brewster Conant, thence approximately 425.00 feet north- 
easterly by said Nashoba Brook to land now or formerly of New York, New 
Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham- Lowell Railroad thence 
approximately 225.00 feet southeasterly by said Nashoba Brook and land of 
said New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham- 
Lowell Railroad to the westerly side line of the New York, New Haven, and 
Hartford Railroad Company, Framingham -Lowell Railroad Right-of-way, 
thence 2123.85 feet at South 06° 57' 0" West by said Railroad Right-of-way to 
an iron pipe at land now or formerly of Harry & Rose I. Snyer, thence 503.45 
feet at North 64° 40' 0" West along a stone wall by land of said Snyer to a cor- 
ner, thence 298.00 feet approximately at North 22°50'0" East by land of said 
Snyer, thence turning and running westerly 674.00 feet by said Snyer land to 
a corner of three stone walls between land of said Snyer and Technical In- 
strument Corporation, thence turning and running 2,160 feet + in a north- 
northwesterly direction to point of beginning; All of said land to include 
approximately 43.00 + acres and as shown by a plan entitled "Plan of land for 
School purposes, owned now or formerly by Augustine B. and Brewster 
Conant as prepared by Engineering Department, Town of Acton, dated 
September 9, 1963". 

(2) That the sum of $60,000 be appropriated for the purpose of purchas- 
ing, taking by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the above -de scribed 
parcel of land; 

(3) That to meet the aforesaid appropriation for the purchasing, taking 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the aforesaid parcel of land, the 
sum of $4,000 shall be and hereby is transferred from the surplus revenue 
account; and the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, shall be and 
he hereby is authorized to borrow the sum $56,000 under the authority of 
Chapter 44, Section 7, Clause (3) of the General Laws and to issue, at one 
time or from time to time, notes of the Town. Therefore, payable in accord- 
ance with the applicable provisions of said Chapter 44, each such issue of 
notes to be paid in not more than four years from its date. 

Motion: That Article I shall not be subject to further consideration at 
this meeting, but shall be referred to an Elementary School Site Selection 
Committee consisting of the following: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 53 

One person each from: 

The Acton School Committee 
The Acton Building Committee 
The Finance Committee 
The Board of Health 
The Planning Board 
The Board of Assessors 
The Board of Selectmen 

And two other persons to be selected by the moderator at large. 

And that said Committee investigate other locations available for sale, 
and appropriate for elementary school use, and report back with recom- 
mendations by January 1, 1964. 

And that the sum $1,000 be transferred from The Reserve fund to defray 
expenses incurred by the Committee in the conduct of its investigations. 

Motion lost. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: James B. Wilson, Julia 
A. Barry, Barbara A. Birch, Grace J. Cullinane, Hazel P. Vose, Phyllis K. 
Sprague, Eleanor P. Wilson, Porter G. Jenks, Philip A. Harris, Edwin H. 
Christofferson, E. Wilson Bursaw, Joseph W. McGinty, James P. McBride. 

Ballot vote on original motion: Total -1078 Yes-673 No -405 

Needed to carry - 719 

Motion lost. 

At 12:05 A.M. October 29, voted to adjourn to Monday, November 4, 1963 
at 8:00 P.M. in the Blanchard Auditorium. 

Monday, November 4, 1963, the Moderator called the meeting to order at 
8:00 P.M. 

Article 2 
Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 3 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$5,000.00 and authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain, 
or otherwise acquire two parcels of land, described as follows: 

Parcel #1: Lot #16 as shown on plan entitled "Land in Acton owned by 
Malcolm R. Dunn and Judith V. Dunn" by Harlan E. Tuttle, Surveyor, dated 
July 21, 1956 and recorded in the Middlesex Registry of Deeds (South Dis- 
trict) as Plan #1321 of 1956 in Book 8785 Page End, containing 22,500 + 
square feet. 

Parcel #2: Beginning at a point at the southwest corner of Lot #16 as 
shown on above plan, thence 140.4 feet at South 23° 07' East, thence 150.0 
feet at North 66° 53' East, thence 140.4 feet at North 23° 07' West to the 
southeast corner of Lot #16, thence along the southerly line of Lot #16 150.0 



54 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

feet at South 66° 53' East to the point of beginning, containing 21,060 t square 
feet; 

both parcels owned now or formerly by Malcolm R. Dunn and Judith V. Dunn, 
for use as a site for a police station. 

Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$3,000.00 to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of 
hiring an architect. Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making pre- 
liminary drawings and preliminary cost estimates for a contemplated Police 
Station to be located on Main Street, Acton, on a plot of land shown as Lot #16 
and extension thereof, owned by the Town. 

Article 5 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$5,000.00 to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of 
hiring an architect. Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making pre- 
liminary drawings and preliminary cost estimates for a contemplated addi- 
tion to the present Acton Memorial Library. 

Article 6 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from Article 14 of the 1963 Annual 
Town Meeting, the permanent fireman's salary account, the sum of $2,397.65 
to the Fire Department Expense Account and the sum of $3,250.00 to the Fire 
Alarm Expense Account, and the sum of $5,500.00 to the Fire Department 
Salaries and Wages Account. 

Article 7 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$1,300.00 for Elections and Registrations; $300.00 for the Salaries and 
Wages Account and $1,000.00 for the Expense Account. 

Article 8 
Voted: To lay this article on the table. 

Article 9 
Voted: To lay this article on the table 

Article 10 

Motion: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton that deal with the 
Committee on Finance, Section 3, Article 1 by deleting said Article 1 and in 
its place substituting and adopting the following: 



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Article 1. There shall be a finance committee consisting of nine voters 
of the Town, three from each precinct. The committee shall be appointed by 
the Board of Selectmen in the following manner: three members, not from 
the same precinct, shall be appointed for a term of one year; three members, 
not from the same precinct, shall be appointed for a term of two years; and 
three members, not from the same precinct, shall be appointed for a term of 
three years, and thereafter, the appointments shall be for a term of three 
years. 

Voted: To substitute the following motion and it was; 

Voted unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton that 
deal with the Committee on Finance, Section 3, Article 1 by deleting said 
Article 1 and in its place substituting and adopting the following: 

Article 1. There shall be a finance committee consisting of nine voters 
of the Town. The committee shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen in 
the following manner: three members shall be appointed for a term of one 
year; three members shall be appointed for a term of two years; and three 
members shall be appointed for a term of three years, and thereafter, the 
appointments shall be for a term of three years. 

Article 11 

Voted unanimously: To accept Section 6B of Chapter 40 of the General 
Laws which reads as follows: 

"Uniforms for Police and Firemen. 

A City or town which accepts or has accepted this section may appropri- 
ate money for the purpose of uniforms for members of its police and fire de- 
partments, which may include the purchase of rubber boots, shoes, and other 
outer clothing necessary for the use of members of the police and fire de- 
partments when traveling to or from or during the course of their employ- 
ment". 



Article 12 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$70,000.00 for the Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of the Gen- 
eral Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B, such amount to be deposited in the Fund 
on or before December 27, 196 3. 



• 



Article 13 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
own of Acton by adding to Section II the following subsections F, G, H and I. 

F. MUNICIPAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL, OR CON- 
SERVATION USES. 

Nothing in this By-Law shall prohibit the development of any 
land in any district for municipal, educational, religious, historical 
or conservation use. Such use shall not be exempt from the general 
or specific regulations of this By-Law other than the Use Regula- 
tions. 



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G. ACCESSORY BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES 

No Accessory building or structure shall be located within the 
required front yard area nor within ten (10) feet of any lot line. 

H. DEFINITIONS 

For the purposes of this By-Law, the following definitions shall 
apply. 

1. Accessory buildings - Any building not requiring a building 
permit. 

2. Structures - Gasoline pumps and any construction requiring a 
building permit. Fences or stone walls shall not be considered 
structures. 

I. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS 

No land or building shall be used or occupied in any manner as 
to create any dangerous, injurious, noxious or otherwise objection- 
able fire, explosion, radioactive or other hazard, noise or vibra- 
tion; smoke, dust, odor or other form of air pollution; electrical or 
other disturbance; glare, liquid or solid refuse or wastes. 

Article 14 

Voted. unanimously: To amend The Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting Subsection A from Section III and substituting 
therefor the following: 

A. TYPES OF DISTRICTS 

For the purpose of this By-Law the Town of Acton is hereby 
divided into the following Types and classes of Districts. Reference 
in the text shall be to the symbol in the right hand column indicated 
below. 

1. Residential Districts 

a. Residence 1 (min. 40,000 sq. ft.) R-l 

b. Residence 2 (min. 20,000 sq. ft.) R-2 

2. Business Districts 

a. General Business B-l 

3. Industrial Districts 

a. General Industrial 1-1 

and by amending subsection B by dating map number 1 "As revised October 
28, 1963", and by adopting the changes in the designation of and location of 
districts as shown thereon, said map being on file in the office of the Town 
Clerk. 



Article 15 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting Section IV and substituting therefor the following: 

IV. USE REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 



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1. Residential uses existing in Industrial Districts prior to 
October 28, 1963 shall be considered nonconforming, but 
shall be permitted the same respective privileges as per- 
mitted in Section III Al. 

2. Trailer camps shall not be permitted in any district. 

B. Residential and Agricultural Districts (Rl and R2) 

1. In a Residential and Agricultural District (Rl and/ or R2) a 
building or premises may be erected, altered, or used for 
the following purposes: 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not 
more than four private motor vehicles. 

b. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. 

c. Agricultural use including the sale of farm prod- 
ucts the major portion of which is grown on the 
premises. 

d. Accessory use on the same lot, if not detrimental to 
the neighborhood, including the use of a room or 
rooms in a dwelling for not more than four paying 
guests, as a tea room, an office or studio by a 
physician, dentist, lawyer, music teacher, hair- 
dresser, worker in handicrafts or a person of 
similar vocation resident in the dwelling, employ- 
ing not more than two permanent employees. 

2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the 
Board of Appeals if adjudged nondetrimental to the neigh- 
borhood: 

a. Sawmill 

b. Kennel 

c. Rest Home 

d. Sand or Gravel Pit 

e. Stone Quarry 

f. Undertaking Establishment 

g. Guest or Lodging House for more than four persons 
h. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families 

C. Business District 

1. The following uses are permitted in a Business District 
(Bl) 

a. All uses permitted in sub-paragraph Bl of this 
Section. 

b. Retail business, service or public utility. Manufac- 
turing on the premises of products the major por- 
tion of which is to be sold on the premises to the 
ultimate consumers thereof. 

c. Bank, office or professional. 

d. Apartment, hotel, or lodging house. 

e. Place of amusement or assembly. 

f. Restaurant. 

2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the 
Board of Appeals if adjudged non-detrimental to the neigh- 
borhood. 



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a. Sawmill 

b. Kennel 

c. Wholesale business not involving manufacture 

d. Warehouse 

e. Stone Quarry 

f. Undertaking establishment 

g. Sand or gravel pit 

D. Industrial District 

1. In an Industrial District, a building or structure may be 
erected or altered and a building, structure or premises 
may be used for manufacturing, and for all uses as per- 
mitted in Section IV-C lb, c, d, e and f. 

Article 16 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting Section V and substituting therefor the following: 

V. INTENSITY REGULATIONS 

A. General Requirements 

1. Applicability. 

In the several districts set out in Section III A of this By- 
Law no development or redevelopment of any land, and no 
construction, reconstruction, or conversion of any building 
or structure shall be permitted except in accordance with 
the accompanying "Intensity Regulations Schedule" and in 
accordance with the several additional requirements of this 
section. 

2. Setback. 

No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 
30 feet to the sidelines of the street, except that where two 
or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line 
less than permitted above, the Board of Appeals may per- 
mit a new structure to be erected in conformity with the 
line so established. 

3. Projections. 

Nothing herein shall prevent the projection of cornices or 
eaves not exceeding twenty-four (24) inches in width or of 
steps or sills into any required yard. 

4. Dwellings. 

Other than apartment units, no more than one building for 
residential use shall be erected on a single lot. 

5. Parking Area 

A parking area off the public ways must be provided for all 
automobiles used by all employees, residents and customers 
of the premises. 

The formulae for determining the proposed number of park- 
ing spaces required shall be submitted to and for the ap- 
proval of the Board of Selectmen or its agent at the same 
time as application shall be made for a building or use per- 
mit. 

6. Off -Street Loading Facilities. 

Off-Street Loading Facilities must be provided and be of 
sufficient area to keep the public way clear. 



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C. Modifications and Exceptions 

1. Party Walls 

In General Business only, the required side yards shall not 
apply to non residential buildings having an approved party 
wall on a side lot line. 



Article 17 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting Subsections A and B of Section VI and inserting in 
place thereof the following new Subsections: 

VI. ADMINISTRATION 

A. Enforcement 

1. Enforcement 

This By-Law shall be enforced by the Board of Selectmen 
or their agent in the manner provided for by the General 
Laws and the By-Laws of the Town. Any person aggrieved 
by any decision hereunder may appeal to the Board of 
Appeals. 

2. Building Permit 

In any district, a Building permit shall not be issued until 
such proposed action shall comply in all respects with the 
provisions of this By-Law or with a decision rendered by 
the Board of Appeals. 

Any application for a Building permit shall be accompanied 
by a plan accurately drawn, showing the actual shape and 
dimensions of the lot to be developed, the location and size 
of all existing structures on the lot, the location of all pro- 
posed improvements, together with the lines within which 
all buildings or structures are to be erected, the existing 
or intended use of each improvement and such further in- 
formation as may be necessary to provide for the execution 
and enforcement of this By-Law. A record of all applica- 
tions, plans and permits and actions taken thereon shall be 
kept on file by the Building Inspector. 

3. Certificate of Occupancy 

A certificate of occupancy as required by the Acton Build- 
ing Code shall be conditional on the adequacy of parking 
space and such other facilities as may be required by this 
By-Law or a decision of the Board of Appeals, and shall 
lapse if and when such areas and facilities are used for 
other purposes. 

4. Conformance to Performance Standards 

Any alleged violator shall be investigated. The Board of 
Selectmen, if there appears to be reasonable grounds, may 
employ qualified experts to determine such violation. If, 
after a public hearing, violation is found to have occured or 
does exist, the violator shall pay such costs in addition to 
any fines. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 61 

5. Fines 

The penalty for violation of this By-Law shall be $20.00 
each offense; as provided in Chapter 40, Section 21 of the 
General Laws as amended, of the Commonwalth of Massa- 
chusetts. 

B. Board of Appeals 

1. In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the 
General Laws, a Board of Appeals consisting of three (3) 
members shall be appointed by the Selectmen for terms of 
such length and so arranged that the term of one member 
shall expire each year. Two associates shall be appointed 
in like manner. No member of the Board of Appeals shall 
act in any matter in which he is personally interested, in 
such event an associate shall act. 

2. Such board shall have all the powers set forth in Chapter 
40A of the General Laws together with the powers and 
authority set forth in this By-Law and shall be governed 
by the systems and procedures as established by Chapter 
40A of the General Laws as amended. 

3. The Board of Appeals shall have the following powers and 
duties: 

a. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that 
there is an error in the enforcement of this By-Law. 

b. To hear and decide applications for special permits 
for exceptions as required by this By-Law. 

A special permit is a permit to use property for the pur- 
pose specified and shall not waive, vary or relax any other 
provision of this By-Law applicable thereto. In acting upon 
special permits the Board shall consider the general intent 
of the Comprehensive Town Plan and may accordingly im- 
pose such conditions and safeguards as are deemed neces- 
sary. 

c. To authorize upon appeal or petition with respect to a 
particular parcel of land a variance from the terms of 
this By-Law. Such variance shall be granted only for 
reasons of practical difficulty and substantial hardship 
to the appellant and only where the Board finds that: 

aa. There are special circumstances or conditions 
applying to the lands or building for which the 
variance is sought, which circumstances or con- 
ditions are peculiar to such land or building but 
not affecting generally the zoning district in 
which it is located and application of the stand- 
ards of this By-Law would deprive the applicant 
of a reasonable use of the property; and 

bb. The specific variance as granted by the Board is 
the minimum variance that will grant a reason- ' 
able relief to the owner; and 

cc. The granting of the variance will be in harmony 
with the purpose and intent of this By-Law. In 
approving a variance the Board may attach such 
conditions and safeguards as are deemed neces- 
sary to protect the neighborhood in addition to 
the applicable requirements of this By-Law. 



62 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

dd. In accordance with Chapter 40A, Section 20 of 
the General Laws, no appeal or petition for a 
variance from the terms of this By-Law, nor any 
application for a special permit for exceptions to 
the terms of this By-Law which has been unfavor- 
ably acted upon by the Board of Appeals shall be 
considered on its merits by said Board within 
two years after the date of such unfavorable ac- 
tion except with the consent of all the members 
of the Planning Board. 

Article 18 

Motion: To rezone from Residential and Agricultural District to Indust- 
rial District the land on the northerly side of School Street in South Acton, 
bounded as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the northerly sideline of School Street, 1,095.98 
feet easterly from a stone bound at the intersection of School Street and Laws 
Brook Road, thence 425.69 feet at North 22°00'00" West, thence 154.75 feet at 
North 29° 30'55" West, thence 340.48 feet at South 72°10'03" West, thence 

187.50 feet at South 73° 37'29" West, thence 218.00 feet at South 82°44'18 M 
West, thence 41.25 feet at North 60° 18' 55" West, thence 106.79 feet at North 
65° 33' 41" West, thence 50.70 feet at North 63° 45' 13" West thence 776.08 feet 
at North 13°08'51" East, thence 394.77 feet at South 78°04'26" East, thence 

113.51 feet at South 13° 01*11" West, thence 519.76 feet at South 89° 01' 53" 
East, thence 155.55 feet at North 69°56'57" East, thence 345.39 feet at South 
39°13'43" East, thence 563.70 feet at South 31°26»00" East to the northerly 
sideline of School Street, thence by the northerly sideline of School Street, 
94.79 feet at South 49°16'50" West, thence 189.37 feet along a right curve of 
radius 548.14 feet thence 379.25 feet at South 69° 04' 30" West to the point of 
beginning. 

All the above land to contain approximately 24.8 acres, being owned by 
Merwin H. Craig and being shown on a plan entitled "Meadowgreen, Sub- 
division Plan of Land in Acton, Massachusetts," dated February 21, 1961 by 
Joseph W. Moore, Inc. Registered Land Surveyor and recorded in the Middle- 
sex Registry of Deeds (South District) as Plan 1103 (A & B of 2) of 1961 in 
Book 9830, Page 445. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Porter Jenks, Philip Harris, 
James McBride, Raymond Letts and Edwin Christofferson. 

Total vote 430 Yes - 241 No - 189 

Needed to carry - 287 

Motion lost. 



Article 19 
Voted: To pass over. 

Article 20 

Voted: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following paragraph to Section 2: 



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H. Whoever violates any of the provisions of this By-Law, shall be 
liable to a penalty of not more than $100.00 for each violation, 
except where other penalties are imposed. 

Article 21 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following paragraph to Section 3. 

A. Any building, not to be used for residential purposes, which is not 
over 8 feet on any side and less than 7 feet high, will not require a 
permit, but must meet all requirements of side and set-back regula- 
tions. 



Article 22 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following paragraph to Section 3: 

B. Swimming Pools, Private and commercial pools will require build- 
ing permits and must abide by building side line and setback regula- 
tions. They must be enclosed by a protective fence at least 32 feet 
in height with a lockable gate. Inspection will be at excavation and 
after completion. 

Article 23 
Voted: To pass over. 

Article 24 
Voted: To table the article. 

Article 25 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by striking out in section 4 the words "five (5) days" and inserting 
the words "five (5) working days," so as to read as follows: 

The Inspector of Buildings shall report to applicant on all application for 
permits within five (5) working days from receipt of same but the Selectmen 
can, in special cases, extend this time as seems to them demanded by public 
interest. 



Article 26 

Voted unanimously: To amend the building By-Law of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following paragraph to Section 6: 

A. Schedule of Mandatory Inspections: 

1st - Before foundation or footing forms are in place. 

2nd - When building is ready for insulation, or lath, after all rough 

plumbing and electrical work has been passed. 
3rd - Upon completion of building, before occupancy. 



64 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 27 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by striking out paragraph C of Section 9 and inserting in place thereof 
the following: 

C. Concrete slab construction for dwellings must meet the following 
specifications: 

Slab shall have waterproof membrance between soil and slab. 

Slab shall be not less than 4 inches thick on at least 8 inches of well 
compacted gravel and be reinforced with 6 inches by 6 inches at 
10/10 mesh. 

The exterior foundation wall of any slab building must be of 8 inches 
thick concrete or 8 inches masonry, carried down 4 feet below fin- 
ished exterior grade. 



Article 28 



Voted: To pass over. 



Article 29 



Voted: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following paragraph to Section 10 -A- 1: 

There must be an 8 inch thickness of brick between woodwork and throat 
of fireplace from lintel at damper up to the flue lining where wood header 
crosses in front of fireplace chimney. 

Article 30 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following paragraph to Section 22: 

A. Whoever occupies, or allows someone to occupy a dwelling that does 
not have an occupancy permit shall be liable to a penalty of not more 
than $50.00 for each violation. 

Payment of such penalty does not absolve any violator from the 
obligation under this By-Law to obtain an occupancy permit. 

Article 31 

Motion: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of Acton by adding 
the following paragraph to Section 25: 

A. In cases where a dwelling does not have the second, or upper floor 
finished off at time of building, an access door 24 inches by 24 
inches to the cockloft, or attic, must be framed in for future use. 

Voted: To amend original motion by inserting after "an access door" the 
words "at least". 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following paragraph to Section 25: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 65 

A. In cases where a dwelling does not have the second, or upper floor, 
finished off at the time of building, an access door at least 24 inches 
by 24 inches to the cockloft, or attic, must be framed in for future 
use. 



Article 32 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, constructed under 
the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board 
of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Winter Street, 848.07 feet from Summer Street 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 33 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as 
laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town 
Clerk: 

Faulkner Hill Road, 3,205.59 feet from High Street 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 



Article 34 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as 
laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town 
Clerk: 

Simon Hapgood Lane, 528.52 feet from Strawberry Hill Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 



Article 35 

Voted: To accept the relocation of Central Street 1,380.99 feet in an 
easterly direction from the westerly side of the Boston and Main Railroad, 
locally known as Richardson's Crossing, as laid out by the Board of Select- 
men for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to plan 
on file with the Town Clerk. 



Article 36 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 



66 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Birch Ridge Road, 1,340.94 feet from Cherry Ridge Road to Juniper 
Ridge Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plan. 

Article 37 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Harvard Court, 343.60 feet from Great Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 38 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Durkee Road, 1,079.83 feet from Spencer Road 
Flint Road, 1,415.75 feet from Spencer Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 39 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Brucewood Road, 1,713.23 feet from Pinewood Road 
Oakwood Road, 1,038.13 feet from Piper Road 
Ashwood Road, 693.61 feet from Brucewood Road 

Redwood Road, 577.66 feet from Brucewood Road 

11. 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 



Article 40 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Arlington Street, 916.39 feet from Notre Dame Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 



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Article 41 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Cherokee Road, 1,049.07 feet from Oneida Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 42 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Brookside Circle, 802.55 feet from Parker Street 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 43 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Nadine Road, 756.23 feet from Francine Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 



Article 44 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the 
Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Deacon Hunt Drive, 1,795.15 feet from Massachusetts Avenue 
Joseph Reed Land, 1,355.77 feet from Deacon Hunt Drive 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other pur- 
poses, where shown on said plans. 

Article 45 
Voted: To pass over the article. 
Voted: To adjourn at 10:43 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. McRAE 

Town Clerk 



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SECTION C 

REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT AND 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 70 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 71 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 71 

PROPOSED BUDGET 73 

SCHOOL FINANCES 75 

SCHOOL BUDGETS , 76 

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS 76 

ACTON FACULTY 77 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY .... 79 

REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 81 

REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 83 

REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 83 

AGE AND GRADE DISTRIBUTION TABLE 85 

GRADUATION EXERCISES 86 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

PROPOSED BUDGET 87 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

TREASURER'S REPORT 91 



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REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

AND 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 



ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

James W. Myers, Chairman Term Expires 1965 

Edwin W. Richter, Secretary Term Expires 1964 

M. Virginia Biggy Term Expires 1966 

Parker Harrison, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Albert W. Koch .* Term Expires 1966 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 

Acton- Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Leonard E. Ceglowski, Chairman Term Expires 1964 

Parker Harrison, Jr., Vice Chairman Term Expires 1965 

M. Virginia Biggy Term Expires 1966 

Joseph H. Hartshorn Term Expires 1965 

Albert W. Koch Term Expires 1966 

James W. Myers Term Expires 1965 

Edwin W. Richter Term Expires 1964 

Margaret A. Shea Term Expires 1966 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 

Meetings of the School Committees 

The Acton School Committee holds regular meetings on the first and 
third Mondays of each month and the Regional School Committee meets on the 
second and fourth Mondays. Both groups convene at the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional High School at 7:30 P.M. 

Tel. 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-5737 

Principals: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools 

Alice F. Hayes 3-4982 

Florence A. Merriam School 

Carolyn T. Douglas 3-4181 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 

Vice Principal, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Arthur J. Hayes 3-7738 

Director of Guidance, Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Dorothy Olson 3-7738 

Director of Cafeterias, Anne H. Rimbach 3-7977 

Director of Transportation, Salvatore Lipomi 3-4181 

Attendance Officer, David W. Scribner 3-5221 

Secretaries: 

Priscilla Felt, Superintendent's Office 3-5737 

Dorothy Hansen, McCarthy, Towne Schools 3-4982 



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Molly Johnston, Health Office 3-7738 

Jane Lewis, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Clarke Lindfors, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Mary Ott, Florence A. Merriam School 3-4181 

Phyllis Sutherland, Guidance Office 3-7738 

Cafeteria Staffs: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools: Martha Lowden, 
Manager; Emmie Corkum, Dorothy Decker, Martha Jeanson, June Magoon, 
Constance McFarland. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Helen Worrall, Manager; Marjory Davis, 
Barbara Hughes, Sophia Kehoe, Meredith Lambert, Mary Tuttle, Mary 
Zimmer. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Meimi Fullonton, Manager; 
Patricia Adams, Margaret Brennan, Eva Campbell, Anna D' Italia, Shirley 
Goodman, Evelyn Hill, Norma Newsham, Marion Osterhoudt, Ruth Roach, 
Christine Scribner. 

Custodians: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools: John Conquest and Peter 
Smoltees. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Robert Graham and Paul Richardson. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Emery Nelson, Head Custodian, 
All Schools; Walter Creer, Peter Ryan, Frank Wilson, and Russell Wolfe. 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 1964-1965 



Reopening of All Schools 

Winter Recess 

Spring Recess 

Graduation 

Close of All Schools 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meeting 

Reopening of All Schools 

Teachers' Convention 

Veterans Day 

Thanksgiving Recess 

Christmas Holidays 

Reopening of All Schools 

Winter Recess 

Spring Recess 

Memorial Day 

Graduation 

Close of All Schools 



January 2, 1964 
February 17-21 
April 20-24 
June 5 
June 17 

September 8 

September 9 

October 23 

November 11 

Noon, November 25, 26, 27 

December 22 - January 4, 1965 

January 4, 1965 

February 22 - 26 

April 19-23 

May 30 

June 11 

June 22 



NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 



1-1-1-1 
2-2-2-2 



7:15 A.M. No School Acton Public Schools, Grades 1-6 

7:00 A.M. No School All Schools All Day 



REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To The School Committee and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is presented my annual report as Superintendent of Schools for 
Acton and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. 



72 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

HOUSING 

Acton has reached the critical stage in its educational standards, as the 
most pressing problem is classroom shortages in the Acton Public Schools. 
With the delay of the construction and equipping of a twenty room elementary 
school with money that was appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting in 
March, 1963, it is apparent that a two session day for children in Grades One 
through Six is not too far distant. Listed below are the classrooms available 
in the three elementary schools, the enrollments and the shortages: 





Julia 


L. 


McCarthy School 






12 


rooms 




Marion L. Towne School 






11 


rooms 




Florence A. Merriam School 




20 


rooms 


Ye 


ar 




Enrollment 


Rooms Needed 
(25 per class) 


Shortages 


Sept. 


1963 




1600 




64 




22 rooms 


Sept. 


1964 




1750 




70 




28 rooms 


Sept. 


1965 




1850 




74 




32 rooms 



Year 


Capacity 


Enrollment 


1963 


1000 


1070 


1964 


1000 


1180 


1965 


1000 


1300 


1966 


1000 


1425 


1967 


1000 


1600 



Acton and Boxborough will hold special town meetings on January 20, 
1964 to vote on a new regional junior high school. If this is approved by 
both towns, the building will be ready for occupancy in September, 1965. 
This school can take up the classroom shortages by housing Grades Five 
and Six until the new elementary school is constructed. However, the pres- 
ent Acton-Boxborough Regional High School has long reached capacity, as 
you can see from the figures listed below: 

Above Capacity 

70 
180 
300 
425 
600 



From the above figures you can readily see that classroom shortages 
will be the most important issue facing your Superintendent and the School 
Committees in the coming year. 

TEACHERS' SALARIES 

Along with having adequate classroom space for the pupils in both the 
Acton Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, it is very im- 
portant that we hire and retain the very best of teachers for our schools and 
children. We know that any school is only as good as the teachers in it. In 
the school budget each year the item "Instruction" represents approximately 
80% of the entire budget. Teacher recruiting is a never ending task if a 
school system desires the very best. It is extremely competitive as the best 
school systems throughout the Commonwealth are also seeking the best can- 
didates. The citizens of Acton may be interested in the salary schedules of 
surrounding towns for the year September 1963 through June 1964. 



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73 



Acton 

Arlington 

Bedford 

Concord 

Burlington 

Line oln - Sudbury 

Natick 

Waltham 

Wayland 

Welle sley 

We ston 



Bachelor 

4700-7500 
4700-7682 
4800-7600 
4800-7800 
4500-7300 

4800-8100 
4500-7120 
4900-7200 
4900-8250 
4800-8400 



Master 



Master + 30 



5300-8100 



5000-7800 
4900-8390 

5200-8000 5200-8400 

5100-8200 

4900-7700 5300-8100 

4700-8700 (merit) 
5200-8500 5500-8800 

4800-8420 5000-7620 

5400-8300 5800-8700 

5300-9000 (13 steps) 

5200-8900 5600-9400 



Conclusion 



Although the School Department met with a major setback when the pro- 
posed twenty room elementary school was delayed, a special vote of thanks 
should be given to the School Committee for the number of hours they put into 
this project. I sincerely hope that this school will be constructed and equip- 
ped soon so we can properly house the children in the elementary grades. 

I should like to express my appreciation to the entire school family for 
their loyalty and cooperation; also to the Board of Selectmen, Finance Com- 
mittee, Permanent Building Committee and Board of Health, who have worked 
so closely with the School Department during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL 

Superintendent of Schools 



ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Proposed Budget for 1964 
January 1 - December 31, 1964 

ADMINISTRATION 

School Committee $ 300.00 

Salaries 10,350.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 250.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 150.00 

School Census 150.00 

Miscellaneous 450.00 

TOTAL ADMINISTRATION 



$ 11,850.00 



74 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

INSTRUCTION 

Present Staff Salaries $385,490.00 

Additional Staff Needed (3) 6,000.00 

Substitutes 6,000.00 

Conferences 300.00 

Textbooks 6,717.00 

Supplies 12,552.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL INSTRUCTION $418,059.00 

PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE 

Salaries 20,720.00 

Supplies 3,000.00 

Fuel 6,500.00 

Water 475.00 

Gas 1,250.00 

Electricity 7,200.00 

Telephones 600.00 

Maintenance Equipment 3,500.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE $ 44,245.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES 

Libraries 1,300.00 

School Nurse 2,450.00 

School Physician 400.00 

Eye and Ear Tests 400.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES $ 5,000.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY 

Furniture - pupils' desks and chairs 2,400.00 

Music - Instruments and Equipment 1,187.00 

Incinerator - Towne School 1,000.00 

Folding Partition - Merriam School Playroom. 2,000.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY $ 7,087.00 

TRANSPORTATION 

Pupil Transportation 45,198.00 

Field Trips 800.00 

Contingencies 1,200.00 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 47,198.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND $ 1,000.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 75 

SUMMARY 

ADMINISTRATION $ 11,850.00 

INSTRUCTION 418,059.00 

PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE .... 44,245.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES 5,000.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY 7,087.00 

TRANSPORTATION 47,198.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND 1,000.00 

$534,439.00 

SCHOOL FINANCES - 1963 

Received - To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $ 46,763.89 

State Aid for Public Schools 110,155.89 

Federal Aid 19,997.00 

Education of Handicapped 4,736.00 

Tuition 553.26 

$182,206.04 

Appropriated, March 1963: 

Acton Public Schools $493,943.00 

Regional School District 420,388.67 

$914,331.67 

Total Amount Expended from Appropriations 

Acton Public Schools $476,023.37 

Regional School District 406,686.11 

$882,709.48 

Expended for Operation in 1963 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $346,485.88 $389,274.63 $735,760.51 

Plant Operation and . . . 

Maintenance 36,050.74 43,355.00 79,405.74 

Non-Instructional 12,043.71 4,124.49 16,168.20 

Transportation 35,548.56 46,039.00 81,587.56 

General Control 12,055.75 11,170.40 23,226.15 

Special Charges 5,847.66 5,847.66 

Contingencies 560.62 850.02 1,410.64 

$448,592.92 $494,813.54 $943,406.46* 

*This figure includes expenditures from appropriations and federal funds, 
and the regional transportation reimbursement for Acton. 



76 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Gross cost per high 
school pupil (968). ... $ 463.42 

Gross cost per elementary 
school pupil (1613) . . . " $ 306.77 

Gross cost per pupil (2581) $ 365.52 

Gross Cost of Operation 

(as above) $448,592.92 $494,813.54 $943,406.46 

Less Receipts 72,882.42 109,323.62 182,206.04 

S°x tal i_. v. $375,710.50 $385,489.92 $761,200.42 

Net cost per high 

school pupil (968) $ 388.13 

Net cost per elementary 
school pupil (1613) $ 238.99 

Net cost per pupil (2581) $ 294.93 

1964 SCHOOL BUDGETS 

Total appropriation recommended by 
Acton School Committee $534,439.00 

Net amount requested by Acton-Boxborough 
Regional District School Committee .... 475,156.85 

$1,009,595.85 
Estimate of State Aid 182,000.00 

Amount to be raised by local taxation 
for support of schools $ 827,595.85 



MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS - 1963 
Acton Public Schools 

1. In March, 1963, town voted to construct and equip a twenty room elemen- 
tary school. 

2. Exchange of fifth grade teachers under the Fulbright Act. Miss Nancy 
Joslin to teach in Surrey, England; Miss Phyllis Read to assume Miss 
Joslin's position in Acton. 

3. Appointment of Mr. Thomas Daubney as teacher of physical education 
for boys in Grades 5 and 6. 

4. Introduction of string program in music department. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

1. Hiring of Perley F. Gilbert Associates, Architects, to design a regional 
junior high school. 

2. Courses added to high school curriculum: (a) advanced biology for 
honors students in Grade 12; (b) Spanish III for Grades 11 and 12. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



77 



3. Northeastern Music Festival held at Regional High School, May 3. Over 
fifty high schools participated. 

4. Under the direction of Coach Tom Daubney, initial steps taken to form a 
varsity football team. 

5. Alumni scholarship increased to $1,000.00. 

6. Miss Helen Prior of Brisbane, Australia, became second student to at- 
tend A.B.R.H.S. under the auspices of the Regional High School branch 
of the American Field Service. 

7. Donald Shelley became the first A.B.R.H.S student to be selected as an 
American Field Service exchange student. Don spent the summer in 
Greece. 

8. Acton branch of American Field Service host for all foreign students in 
Massachusetts in November, 1963. 



MEMBERS OF THE ACTON FACULTY 



Superintendent of Schools, William L. O' Connell 

Principal, McCarthy, Towne Schools, Alice F. Hayes 

Principal, Merriam School, Carolyn T. Douglas 



Name 

Ann Bevan 
Patricia Davis 
Phyllis Foss 
Louise Harzigian 
Lois Nichols 
Mary O'Brien 
Norma Penchansky 
Phyllis Poulleys 
Ellen Sansone 
Carol Tolpa 
Judith Walker 
Margery Brown 
Dorothy Bunker 
Helen deCoste 
Elizabeth Flint 
Anne Jones 
Nancy Lyons 
Agnes Manning 
Alice O'Hearn 

Angela Theodore 
Madeline Viens 
Margaret Barrett 
Florence Betcher 

Shirley Brown 
Carole Cochin 
Mary Conrad 
Mildred Kelly 

Joan LeSage 
Anne Lockwood 
Janet Moynihan 



Professional Training Degree 



Lesley College 

Lesley College 

Fitchburg State College 

Lowell State College 

Lowell State College 

Lowell State College 

Lesley College 

Lesley College 

Lesley College 

Rhode Island College 

Lesley College 

University of Massachusetts 

Jackson College 

Lesley College 

Framingham State College 

Welle sley College 

Ohio University 

Salem State College 

Lowell State College 

Boston University 
College of New Rochelle 
Lowell State College 
Gordon College 
Boston University 
Lowell State College 
Boston University 
Lowell State College 
Florence (S.C.) Teachers 
College 

Fitchburg State College 
Welle sley College 
Boston University 



Grade 



BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BA 


II 


AB 


II 




II 


BS 


II 


BA 


II 


BS 


II 


BS 


II 


BS, 


H 


M.Ed. 




BS 


II 


AB 


II 


BS 


III 


BR Ed. 




M.Ed. 


III 


BA 


III 


BS 


III 


BS 


III 


BS 


III 


BS 


III 


AB 


III 


BS 


III 



78 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Name 

Alexandra Wharton 

Wilma Cobb 
Marie Dionne 
Caryl Glee son 
Janet Harris 
Madeleine Kingston 
Marlene MacLeod 
Janice Morgan 

Jennie Richards 
Arlene Shea 
Dorothy Bonner 
Mary Cantril 

Ann Evans 
Judith Klein 
*Nancy Joslin 

Paulette Rackow 
Phyllis Read 
Dorothy Tulle r 

Mary Zabierek 
Ruth Ahearn 
Donna Baranowski 
Louise Ewing 
Patricia Goodrich 
James Palavras 
Barbara Parker 

Doris Prater 



Kathleen B agnail 

* Morton Brenner 

Thomas Daubney 

George Doren 



Professional Training Degree 



Washington College 
Harvard University 
Lowell State College 
Lowell State College 
Boston University 
Ohio University 
Fitchburg State College 
Boston University 
Fitchburg State College 

Lowell State College 
Salve Regina College 
Middlebury College 
Vassar College 
Harvard University 
Jackson College 
Boston University 
Mount Holyoke College 
Boston University 
Elmira College 
University of London 
Boston University 

College of New Rochelle 
Welle sley College 
Lowell State College 
Westfield State College 
Smith College 
Boston University 
Boston University 

Southwest Texas State 

SPECIAL FIELDS 

Regis College 
Boston University 
Boston University 

Yale University 



Grade 



Jeanne Haskell Anna Maria College 

Constantine Limberakis Boston University 



Salvatore Lipomi 

Dorothy Mather 

Katherine Mat sen 
Dorothy Olson 
Maurine Petersen 

Ruth Proctor 

Alice Viano 



Lowell State College 
Tufts College 
State College, West 
Chester, Pa. 
Smith College 
Simmons College 
Oklahoma City University 
Boston University 
Radcliffe College 
Boston University 
University of New 
New Hampshire 



BA 




Ed.M. 


Ill 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS, 




M.Ed. 


IV 


BS 


IV 


AB 


IV 


AB 


V 


AB 




Ed.M. 


V 


AB 


V 


BS 


V 


AB 




M.Ed. 


V 


BS 


V 


Cert. 


V 


BS, 




M.Ed. 


V 


AB 


V 


BA 


VI 


BS 


VI 


BS 


VI 


BA 


VI 


BA 


VI 


BS, 




M.Ed. 


VI 


BA 


VI 


BA 


French 


BS, MS 


Guidance 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


BM, 


Instrumental 


MM 


Music 


BA 


Vocal Music 


BM 


Director of 




Music 


BS 


Opportunity 


M.Ed. 


Class 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


BA 


Librarian 


BS 


Nurse 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Vocal Music 


AB 


Director of 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 



BA 



Art 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



79 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 



Name 

Raymond Grey- 
Arthur Hayes 



Ruth Proctor 

Stuart Adler 

Charles Battit 
Jeanne Berard 



District Superintendent, William L. 

Professional Training 

Tufts University 
University of Mississippi 
Stanford University 
Harvard University 
Radcliffe College 
Boston University 
Cornell University 
Boston University 
Boston University 
University of Connecticut 



Frank Blomberg 

Gail Bonnett 
Margaret Boornazian 
Lawrence Boothby 

Frances Boyle 

Daniel Boylen 

John Brennan 

!< Morton Brenner 
Susan Bresnick 

Mary Campbell 
Marietta Cannon 

James Dadoly 

Thomas Daubney 

Barbara Denny 
Helen Detsch 

George Doren 

Alan Foresman 

Susan Frisbee 

Joanne Garduno 
James Gifford 
Theodora Gouzoules 
Jeanne Haskell 
Jo Ann Heim 
Gladys Henrikson 
Francis Holahan 

Judyth Holton 
Mary Hubbard 



Springfield College 
University of Massachusetts 
Mills College 
Burdett College 
Reed College 
Harvard University 
Framingham State College 

Boston University 

Harvard University 

New York University 

Boston University 

Smith College 

Columbia Teachers College 

Immaculata College 

Emanuel College 

Boston College 

American International 

College 

Harvard University 

Boston University 

University of Michigan 
Boston University 

Yale University 

Fitchburg State College 

Newton College of the 
Sacred Heart 
Radcliffe College 
Springfield College 
Simmons College 
Anna Maria College 
Welle sley College 
Wellesley College 
Fitchburg State College 

Boston University 
Boston University 



O'Connell 




Degree 


Grade 


AB, MS 


Principal 


BA 


Vice 


MA 


Principal 


AM 


Social Studies 


AB 


Director of 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 


AB 


Head of 


M.E. 


English Dept. 


BA 


Science 


BS 


Home 




Economics 


BS 




ts M.Ed. 


Social Studies 


BA 


English 


BA 


Business 


M.Ed. 


Science 


BS 


Home 




Economics 


BS, 


Physical 


M.Ed 


Education 


BA 




MA 


Reading 


BS, MS 


Guidance 


BA 




e MAT 


Social Studies 


AB 


Social Studies 


AB 




AM 


Mathematics 


BA 


Head of 


M.Ed. 


Science Dept, 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


AB,MA 


Guidance 


BS, 




M.Ed 


English 


BM, 


Instrumental 


MM 


Music 


BS, 


Social Studies 


M.Ed. 




BA 


English 


AB 


Librarian 


BS 


Social Studies 


BS 


Social Studies 


BA 


Vocal Music 


BA 


Latin 


BA 


Social Studies 


BS 


Industrial 




Arts 


AB 


English 


BS 


Art 



80 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Name 

Bert Hubley 
Mary Keefe 

Mason King 

Constantine Limberakis 

Donald MacLeod 
Robert Mahoney 

Antoinette McAllister 

Dorothy Mather 

Robert Morris 

Ellen Newell 

Charlotte Nixon 
Dorothy Olson 
William Petkewich 

Jacqueline Phaneuf 
Ray Pillivant 



Susan Polansky 
Francis Pratt 

Joan Pratt 
Charoltte Remaley 
Barbara Rosen 
Use Rowe 
Kristen Sage 
Jane Shuffelton 

Isadore Stearns 

Ralph Stetson 

James Sullivan 
Antoinette Tesoniero 
Caroline Vattes 

Henry Wall 

* Janet Whitney 
Charles Wilcox 

Raymond Wooster 



Professional Training Degree 



University of Massachusetts 
Emanuel College 
University of Pennsylvania 
Mass. Institute of Technology BS 
Harvard University 
Boston University 



Boston University 
Lowell Technological 

Institute 
Florida State University 

State College, 

West Chester, Pa. 
Boston University 

Welle sley College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
Troy (Ala.) State College 
Simmons College 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Lowell State College 
University of New 

Hampshire 
U. S. Military Academy 
George Washington 

Universtiy 
Cornell University 
Eastern Nazarene College 
Harvard University 
Bates College 
University of Alabama 
Rutgers University 
Boston University 
Smith College 
Radcliffe College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
University of Maine 

Northeastern University 

Merrimack College 
Middlebury College 
Mass. College of Art 
Columbia University 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Simmons College 
University of Maine 

Eastern Nazarene College 



Grade 



BS 


Science 


AB 


Head of 


MS, Ed. 


Math. Dept. 


BS 




AMT 


Science 


BM 


Director of 




Music 


AB 


Science 


BS 


Mathematics 


AB 


Spanish, 




English 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


BA, 


Head of 


MA 


Lang. Dept. 


AB 




AMT 


English 


BS 


English 


BS 


Nurse 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Guidance 


BS 




MA 


French 


BS 




MA 


Mathematics 


BS 


Science 


BS 


Head of Social 


M.Ed. 


Studies Dept. 


AB 


Science 


BS, MA 


Mathematics 


BA 


French 


BA 


French 


BA 


English 


AB 




AMT 


French 


BS 


Physical 




Education 




Industrial 




Arts 


BA 


Science 


BA 


English 


BS 




MA 


Art 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Business 


BS 


English 


BS, 


Guidance 


M.Ed. 




BS 


Mathematics 



*On leave of absence 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

I am pleased to submit herewith my annual report as Principal of the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. 

ENROLLMENT BY MONTHS FOR 1963 



81 



Grade 



January February March April 



Total 



918 



917 



920 



917 



May 



916 



June 



7 


196 


195 


197 


195 


197 


197 


8 


165 


165 


165 


166 


167 


166 


9 


171 


172 


173 


171 


170 


170 


10 


160 


160 


160 


161 


159 


159 


11 


140 


138 


137 


137 


137 


135 


12 


84 


85 


86 


85 


84 


84 


Post Graduate 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


1 



912 



Grade 

7 

8 

9 

10 

11 

12 

Post Graduate 

Total 



September 


October 


Nover 


232 


229 


226 


197 


196 


193 


180 


172 


175 


164 


162 


161 


164 


166 


166 


138 


137 


137 





1 


1 



November December 



229 
196 
174 
163 
170 
137 
1 



1075 



1063 



1059 



1070 



These figures if examined with care show the changes that take place 
from month to month in our school population. They also bring to the fore- 
front the fact that in January 1963 we had 918 students and that by September 
1963 we had reached a grand total of 1075 students. We do not have a static 
student population for we are constantly gaining some and some are trans- 
ferring to other schools. 



EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL CHOICES 

Class of 1963 : Number of Students Percentage from Class 

Total Number of Students 
Colleges or Specialized Schools 
Full Time Employment 
Armed Services 
Unknown 



82 


100.00 


59 


70.73 


11 


14.63 


9 


10.98 


3 


3.66 



SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES ENTERED: Atlantic College, Wales, Bates > 
College, Brown University, Franklin and Marshall College, Jackson College, 
Keene State Teachers College, Lowell Technological Institute, Lycoming 
College, Mary Washington College, Massachusetts College of Art, Mt. Hol- 
yoke College, Nasson College, Murray State College, Northeastern University, 
Oklahoma State University, Springfield College at Fitchburg, State College at 
Framingham, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of California, 
Los Angeles, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, 
Ursinus College. 



82 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

JUNIOR COLLEGES : Becker Junior College, Colby Junior College, 
Fisher Junior College, Lasell Junior College, Westbrook Junior 
College. 

BUSINESS SCHOOLS: Bentley College, Bryant and Stratton, Center 
Secretarial School, Chandler School for Women, Ward Schools. 

NURSING SCHOOLS: Beth-Israel Hospital School of Nursing, Melrose- 
Wakefield Hospital School of Nursing, Newton- Welle sley Hospital School of 
Nursing. 

PRIVATE PREPARATORY SCHOOLS: Chauncey Hall School, Williston 
Academy. 

TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS: Butera School of Art, Coyne 
Electrical and Technical School, Kenneth School of Hair Design, Mansfield 
School of Hairdressing, Northeast School of Broadcasting, Stockbridge School 
of Agriculture. 

SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICES : 

Noteworthy event of 1963 in the high school library was the growing 
circulation of books. Our statistics show that our total circulation was 
32,400 books. We now have 4,433 books on the shelves, and we subscribe 
to sixty-two magazines and papers. 

Our reference materials have been augmented and improved, and as a 
result the students are performing a great deal of research work and project 
work. 



CURRICULUM : 

Next in importance to excellent teaching is a sound curricula. There- 
fore, for the last three years we have been scrutinizing our offerings in the 
light of what other excellent schools are doing and against recommendations 
of the National Commission on Mathematics, Commission on English, Col- 
lege Entrance Examination Board recommendations on mathematics and 
science, "Biological Sciences Curriculum Study" and we have been meeting 
with heads of departments and teachers. In developing our curricula we have 
set down in written form curriculum guides which are both comprehensive 
and flexible and yet are organized in a sequential pattern of learning ex- 
periences. As a result of this curriculum study the following changes have 
been made or are in the process: 1. We have changed from SMSG mathe- 
matics program to a modern mathematics series which combines traditional 
algebra with modern. 2. We are planning on using BSCS biology materials 
for selected classes in grades 10 and 12 next September. 3. We have 
initiated an "Advanced Biology" class for qualified grade 12 students. 4. The 
history department is re -evaluating our international relations course in the 
light of setting up pre-requisites for admission to this course. 5. We have 
solidified our offerings of French in grades 7 and 8. We are using a text, 
"ALM French" Level One and each student has a copy* 

Before closing this report, I sincerely feel that special recognition 
should be given to the students, teachers, and custodians of the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School for the manner in which they have taken 
care of the building. Visitors are constantly amazed when we tell them the 
number of years we have occupied the school. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 83 

May I express to Mr. O'Connell, Superintendent of Schools, and to the 
School Committee my appreciation for their guidance and cooperation, I 
should like to stress the outstanding cooperation of the many facets of our 
school which have worked harmoniously to serve the best interests of our 
splendid student body. We are most fortunate to have such an excellent 
faculty, guidance staff, secretarial staff, custodians and cafeteria group. 

RAYMOND J. GREY 
Principal 

REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

December 31, 1963 

Mr. William O'Connell 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. O'Connell: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. - 

The annual physical examinations were completed in November. Special 
examinations for those participating in organized athletics were conducted at 
the beginning of the school year. Parents were notified of medical, dental, 
and orthopedic defects as encountered. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, clinics were held for Tuberculin 
Testing, Diphtheria, Tetanus immunization and oral administration of Type 
III Sabin poliomyelitis vaccine. 

I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers, and school and town 
nurses for their cooperation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M.D. 

REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 
January to December 1963, Inclusive 

Physical examinations by Dr. Paul P. Gates, school physician, began on 
September 4 and included Junior and Senior High competitive sport candi- 
dates, all students in grades 4, 7, and 10 and students who have not had a 
physical examination within the past three years. A total of 1136 physical 
examinations, an increase of 119 over 1962, was completed on October 30, 
196 3. Referrals were sent to parents on medical and dental defects. 

Hearing testing began on October 7th and has been completed except for 
new students. The number of children tested are: 



Tested 


2655 


Primary School 


27 


Retested 


100 


Elementary School 


51 






Regional School 


25 



All parents were notified of hearing test failures by mail. 



84 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Mrs. Larsen is to be complimented on the fine work she did during the 
hearing testing. 

Vision testing will not be started until January, 1964. 

A total of 315 students in grades 1, 5 and 9 was given a diphtheria- 
tetanus toxoid booster during three clinics in April. 

In January, March and May three types of the Sabin polio vaccine were 
given to all students. The number of students given the Sabin vaccine was: 

Type I 1680 

Type II 2274 
Type III 1724 

During April, two Preschool Clinics were held and 60 children were 
given physical examinations by Dr. Paul P. Gates, school physician. 

Mantoux testing for Tuberculosis, which was done on November 6, 13 and 
20, included 766 students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 11, 5 cafeteria workers and 2 
school personnel. 

Daily nursing visits to each of the three schools covered sickness, com- 
municable disease check and accidents. During the past school year 83 stu- 
dents accidents were covered by school insurance. 

Regional High School 65 

Elementary High School 6 
Primary High School 12 

The carrying out of an effective health program in the schools is not a 
one -person job. Thanks should be given to Mr. O'Connell, the principals and 
school personnel, Mrs. Johnston, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Hale and the parents and 
students. Without their help and cooperation a proper program of prophyl- 
axis and treatment would have been impossible. 

To my successor, Mrs. Janet Loughlin, I wish the best of success in 
carrying forward the school health program. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DOROTHY J.. OLSON, R.N. 

School Nurse 



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86 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

GRADUATION EXERCISES 

June 7, 1963 

Salutatorian Frances Albright 

Valedictorian Lee Walker 

Scholarship Awards: 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Alumni Association Scholarship 

Francis Albright Springfield College 

Wayne Pasanen Brown University 

Blanchard Memorial Scholarship 

Brian Perkins Bentley College of Accounting and Finance 

West Acton Woman's Club Scholarship 

Jane Standley University of California, Los Angeles 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship 

Dana Dertinger Bates College 

Acton Parent-Teacher's Association Scholarship 

Edward Bailey Keene Teachers College 

Acton Rotary Club Scholarship 

Judith Franzosa Fisher Junior College . 

Acton Firemen's Association Scholarship 

Robert Hansen University of Massachusetts 

Lee Walker Mt. Holyoke College 

Acton Garden Club Scholarship 

William Cowley Stockbridge School of Agriculture 

Acton Lions Club Scholarship 

David Brzezinski Lowell Technological Institute 

Margaret Moland University of Massachusetts 

Acton Teachers' Association Scholarship 

Jane Standley University of California, Los Angeles 

John E. Donelan Scholarship 

Ellen Hatch University of Massachusetts 

Edwards Quimby Post No. 284 American Legion Medals 

Charles Hansen 

Anita Preston 
Harvard Club in Concord Book Prize 

Donald Shelley 
Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal 

Lee Walker 
Bausch and Lomb Medal 

Lee Walker 
Daughters of the American Revolution Award 

Anita Preston 
Outstanding Senior of the Class of 196 3 

Anita Preston 
Award for Mathematics 

Lee Walker 
National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: Frances Albright, Richard Brennan, David Brzezinski, Kathryn 
Darling, Dana Dertinger, Judith Franzosa, Charles Hansen, 
Robert Hansen, Ellen Hatch, Charles Home, James Mann, 
Margaret Moland, Joyce Muir, Judith Nordberg, Dianne 
Notargiacomo, Carolyn O'Keeffe, Wayne Pasanen, Anita 
Preston, Joan Smith, Jane Standley, Lee Walker 

Juniors: Ellen Anderson, Richard Armstrong, Laura Bouley, Andrew 
Crawford, Barbara Custance, Harry Gould, June Knight, John 
MacPhee, Betsy McElvein, Janet McLaughlin, Karen Nylander, 
Pauline Oman, Donald Platine, Elizabeth Robinson, Donald 
Shelley, Dorothy Stewart, Kenneth Stowell, James Vinal, 
Maureen Wall, David Westphalen 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 87 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1964 

January 1 - December 31, 1964 

ADMINISTRATION 

School Committee $ 400.00 

Salaries 11,550.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 400.00 

Printing and Advertising 30.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 100.00 

School Census 150.00 

Related Insurance 157.00 

Miscellaneous 900.00 

TOTAL ADMINISTRATION $ 13,837.00 

INSTRUCTION 

Present Staff Salaries $388,692.00 

Additional Staff (4) 8,000.00 

Sabbatical Leave Substitutes 4,000.00 

Substitute Teachers 3,000.00 

Conferences and Travel 600.00 

Related Insurance 5,480.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

Total Salaries and Related Expenses $410,772.00 

Textbooks 

Art . . . $ 100.00 

Business . . . 380.00 

English 1,860.00 

Guidance 200.00 

Home Economics 250.00 

Industrial Arts 100.00 

Languages 2,188.00 

Mathematics 1,250.00 

Music 437.00 

Orientation 100.00 

Physical Education 75.00 

Remedial Reading 250.00 

Science 1,000.00 

Social Studies 775.00 

Supplementary Reading 1,000.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

Total Textbooks $ 11,465.00 

Instructional Supplies (Specific) 

Art $ 1,400.00 

Audio-Visual Aids 400.00 

Business 200.00 

Guidance 1,280.00 

Home Economics 2,000.00 

Industrial Arts 1,800.00 

Mathematics 105.00 

Music 475.00 



88 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Physical Education $ 764.00 

Science 1,000.00 

Total Supplies (Specific) $ 9,424.00 

Instructional Supplies (General) $ 3,700.00 

TOTAL EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION $435,361.00 

OPERATION OF PLANT 

Salaries $ 16,790.00 

Supplies 3,500.00 

Fuel 7,500.00 

Water 350.00 

Gas 625.00 

Electricity 6,000.00 

Plowing 800.00 

Telephones 1,500.00 

Related Insurance 448.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF PLANT $ 38,013.00 

MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 

Instructional Equipment $ 1,200.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 1,500.00 

Replacements 1,250.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT $ 4,250.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES 

Library $ 4,000.00 

School Nurse 2,450.00 

School Physician 400.00 

Eye and Ear Tests 200.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Middlesex County Retirement System Assessment 2,500.00 

Insurance 3,800.00 

Related Insurance 111.00 

Miscellaneous 700.00 

TOTAL NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES $ 14,311.00 

OUTLAY 

Sewing Machine $ 210.00 

Table Saw. 200.00 

Box and Pan Brake 525.00 

Tablet Arm Chairs 600.00 

Music - Instruments and Equipment 2,270.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 

TOTAL OUTLAY $ 4,205.00 

TRANSPORTATION 

Pupil Transportation $ 43,704.00 

Field Trips 500.00 

Contingencies 2,000.00 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 46,204.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 89 

SPECIAL CHARGES 
70% Blanchard Auditorium 1963 Operating Expense $ 6,696.00 

MISCELLANEOUS $ 1,000.00 

RECAPITULATION 

Administration $ 13,837.00 

Instruction 435,361.00 

Operation of Plant 38,013.00 

Maintenance of Plant 4,250.00 

Non-Instructional Services 14,311.00 

Outlay 4,205.00 

Transportation 46,204.00 

Special Charges 6,696.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION $563,877.00 

CAPITAL COST. DEBT SERVICE 144,355.00 

NON-CLASSIFIED. SCHOOL ATHLETIC FUND . . . 8,355.00 

GRAND TOTAL $716,587.00 

GROSS OPERATING BUDGET. $563,877.00 

Less (1) Bal. 1963 Op. Budget $ 14,926.54 

(2) 62-63 Transportation 

Reimbursement 28,780.40 43,706.94 

$520,170.06 

DEBT SERVICE 

Interest 34,355.00 

Maturing Debt $110,000.00 

Less: State Aid 65,400.00 

44,600.00 

NON-CLASSIFIED 



School Athletic Fund 8,355.00 

TOTAL ASSESSMENT $607,480.06 



90 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

YEAR 1964 



ACTON 

^Operating Expenses, 91.1% of . . . . $505,766.46** $460,753.25 

Cost of Transportation ........ 37,584.00 

Less Reimbursement (62-63) .... 23,180.40 14,403.60 

Debt Service, 95% of $78,955.00 . . 75,007.25 

Non-Classified, 91.1% of $8,355.00 7,611.40 



$557,775.50 

BOXBOROUGH 

*Operating Expenses, 8.9% of .... $505,766.46** $ 45,013.21 

Cost of Transportation 5,600.00 

Less Reimbursement (62-63) .... 5,600.00 0.00 

Debt Service, 5% of $78,955.00 3,947.75 

Non-Classified, 8.9% of $8,355.00 743.60 

$ 49,704.56 
TOTAL ASSESSMENTS $607,480.06 

* Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/63 968 

Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/63 94 

1062 



**Gross Operating Budget $563,877.00 

Less: 12/31/63 Balance - 14,926.54 

Transportation contract amounts - 43,184.00 

$505,766.46 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 81» 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1963 

Balance, December 31, 1962 $ 93,104.61 

Receipts, 1963: 

Town of Acton $510,128.33 

Town of Boxborough 41,850.26 

State Aid for Construction 65,485.89 

Federal Aid 19,330.82 

Transportation Reimbursement 28,780.40 

School Lunch 51,732.02 

School Athletics 1,692.18 

Federal Taxes 59,450.59 

State Taxes 5,604.53 

Teachers' Retirement 17,130.61 

County Retirement 2,296.14 

Teachers' Insurance 671.25 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,8.96.16 

Group Life Insurance 433.84 

Miscellaneous 885.04 

Total Receipts 809,368.06 

Total $902,472.67 



92 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1963 

Disbursements, 1963: 

Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control $ 12,835.12 

Instruction 376,063.58 

Operation of Plant 35,531.03 

Maintenance 3,739.93 

Auxiliary Agencies 13,119.51 

Outlay 2,142.59 

Transportation 39,130.00 

Special Charges 6,370.00 

Miscellaneous 610.70 

School Lunch 52,853.69 

School Athletics 14,377.79 

Federal Taxes 59,450.59 

State Taxes 5,556.50 

Teachers' Retirement 17,130.61 

County Retirement , 2,296.14 

Teachers' Insurance 671.25 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,896.16 

Group Life Insurance 433.16 

Federal Aid 4,900.49 

Construction 3,121.60 

Payment on Principal 110,000.00 

Interest on Debt 37,550.00 

Total Disbursements $801,780.44 

Balance, December 31, 1963 100,692.23 



$902,472.67 



PRISCILLA FELT 
Treasurer 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 

SECTION D 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 94 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 94 

REPORT OF THE ACTON BUILDING COMMITTEE 95 

REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 96 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 97 

REPORT OF THE ACTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION 98 

CIVIL DEFENSE REPORT 98 

REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 99 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND . . 100 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 100 

REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 102 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 103 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 104 

REPORT OF THE TOWN NURSE , 109 

REPORT OF SLAUGHTERING INSPECTOR 110 

REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION . . . .110 

REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 112 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 112 

REPORT OF THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE 112 

LIBRARY REPORT 113 

REPORT OF THE CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF 

WEST ACTON 115 

REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 116 

REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 116 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 117 

REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 118 

REPORT OF THE PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS 

COMMITTEE 121 

REPORT OF RECREATION COMMISSION 127 

REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 128 

REPORT OF THE STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 128 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 128 

REPORT OF THE FOREST COMMITTEE 131 

REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 131 

REPORT OF THE VETERANS' AGENT 131 

REPORT OF THE WELFARE BOARD 132 

REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 133 



94 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board Of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

We submit our annual report for the Archives Committee herewith. 

During the year 1963 the Committee has met several times. For the 
most part its activities have been somewhat of a routine nature in connection 
with microfilming records and book binding. 

The Committee takes note of the fact that an addition is to be constructed 
at the Library in Acton Center. It is hoped that some space in the new part 
of the building will be allocated for a storage and display area for some of 
the articles of historical interest that are owned by the Town. An opportun- 
ity for the citizens of the town to see such an exhibit and appreciate these 
visual evidences of Acton's heritage would be most gratifying to the members 
of the Committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 
WARREN F. BIRCH 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

The Acton Board of Appeals held eleven (11) public hearings during the 
year 196 3 on the following matters: 

A. Permits for earth removal 
Granted - 5; Denied - 1 

B. Permits for specific uses and exceptions 
Granted - 1; Denied - 

C. Variances from the requirements of the Protective Zoning By-Law 
Granted - 0; Denied - 3 

D. Appeals from Decisions of the Board of Selectmen 
Granted - 0; Denied - 1 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM C. SAWYER 
CRAIG E. LUNDBERG 
HAYWARD S. HOUGHTON 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 95 

REPORT OF THE ACTON BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Acton, Massachusetts 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

During the year 1963 the Acton Building Committee worked on the 
following projects. 

1. Julia McCarthy School 

The appropriation for the Julia McCarthy addition of $125,729.33, the 
total spent with all bills received and paid was $111,299.34. 

Cost of Construction $ 98,622.70 

Equipment and Furnishings 12,676.64 

TOTAL $111,299.34 

The Architect's fee of $10,000.00 was appropriated from surplus 
revenue and $8,382.93 was actually spent. 

2. Elementary School 

Architects Collaborative revised the drawings and estimated the cost 
to complete the Elementary School at around $900,000.00. At a special 
Town Meeting on March 12, 1963, the Town approved this sum. 

The State Board of Health informed this Committee that the Arlington 
Street Site was not suitable for the proposed Elementary School. 

Since there has been no land made available the Committee has not 
been able to work on this project. 

The expenditures on this project to date have been $19,973.36. 

3. Acton Police Station 

The Committee submitted four articles at the annual Town Meeting of 
March 11, 1963. On October 28, 1963, the Town approved the sum of 
$8,000.00 for land and preliminary drawing for a Police Station. 

The State Board of Health informed this Committee that their percola- 
tion tests indicated that the Site was suitable for the proposed Police 
Station. 

The Committee interviewed several Architectural Firms and awarded 
the firm of Underwood and Shannon the contract. 



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228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



The sum of $5,000.00 was appropriated for preliminary drawings by 
the Town of Acton on October 28, 1963, for the Library addition. The 
Firm of Joseph Schiffer of Concord was awarded the architects contract. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

ARNOLD H. MERCIER, Chairman 

WARREN W. WHEELER 

FLOYD W. PRIEST 

JOSEPH S. COBB 

EDWARD J. COLLINS, Police Chief 

FRANK GARBARINO, Library Committee 

EDWIN RICHTER, School Committee 



REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith respectfully submit my report for the year ending December 
31, 1963. 

Permits Issued 



Areas 


No. of 
Permits 


Estimated Cost 


Residential 
Single Dwellings 
Duplex 

Additions, Repairs and 
Residential Garages 


115 
14 

98 


$2,019,700.00 
245,500.00 

184,335.00 


Municipal Nature 
Water Reservoir 
Church 


1 
1 




200,000.00 
140,000.00 


Business 
New and Additions 


12 




142,500.00 


Industrial 
New and Additions 


4 




132,500.00 


Swimming Pools 


7 




12,650.00 


Total 


252 


$3,076,685.00 




Expenses 






Wages and Travel 
Supplie s 




$ 


5,921.01 
97.50 


Total 




$ 


6,018.51 


Fees Returned 




$ 


10.50 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



97 



Fees For Permits 



Receipts 



$ 



4,957.25 



Violations of Zoning Laws 

Earth Removal 
Sign Licenses 



No. of Violations 

1 
13 



Apartments under adverse 
conditions 



Swimming Pool without permit 



Action 

Stopped 
4 Removed 
9 Licensed 

1 Semi-corrected 
1 Pending 

1 Pending 



Respectfully submitted, 



KENNETH E. JEWELL, 

Building Inspector 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

We hereby submit the following report for the year ending December 
31, 1963. 

The amount of money collected by this department and turned into the 
Treasury can be found itemized in the Treasurer's report, also the Col- 
lector's report will show the amount collected for the annual care of lots not 
under perpetual care. We wish to point out to all lot owners who do not have 
perpetual care on their lots, that bills will be sent out this year for the annual 
care of their lots. 

There were 69 interments made during the year, this is an increase of 
17 more than in 1962. There were sold 10 new lots and 21 single grave 
spaces sold during the year 196 3. 

In Woodlawn Cemetery the stumps from a cleared area were removed 
and this section rough graded this fall. In the spring it is intended to grade, 
seed and to lay out this section into new lots. A drainage project was started 
in this cemetery, to take care of the surface water in the winter and spring 
time. Some new trees and shrubs have been set out, also some improve- 
ments have been made near the Veteran's Lot. 

In Mt. Hope Cemetery it is planned to remove the stumps from a cleared 
area and to lay out a new road, also to grade, seed and to lay out new lots. 
Some of the trees in this cemetery have been trimmed, removing dead 
branches and removing several large trees which had become infected with 
the Dutch Elm. 

An article has been inserted in the annual warrant, asking for money to 
oil the roads in this cemetery, as the last time any work was done on them 
was in 1954. These roads are starting to break up and if they are not fixed 



98 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

soon it will cost a great more than what we are asking to put them back in 
proper shape. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE 
HARRY E. HOLT 
HOWARD F. JONES 

Cemetery Commissioners 

REPORT OF THE ACTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

The Commission met regularly on the first Thursday of each month. 

The effort to preserve the Isaac Davis Trail has continued this past year 

Early in the year, the Commission focused its attention on Nashoba 
Brook with the long range plan to acquire land along the brook within the 
borders of the town to insure that this multiple asset (water supply, drainage 
facility, flood and drought protection, and recreational source) be maintained 
in its present state for this generation and generations to follow. A similar 
approach to Fort Pond Brook will be initiated soon. The recently formed 
Acton Land Trust figures to play a prominent part in these projects. Nasho- 
ba Brook and Fort Pond Brook constitute a resource heritage of vast im- 
portance to all of us in Acton. 

Mr. Henry Erikson deserves credit for making the first step forward in 
this project by leasing to the Commission a portion of land on Nashoba 
Brook. In addition, he made a gift of land with frontage on the brook to the 
Acton Boy Scouts. 

The Soil Maps voted last year have proven to be a valuable aid to the 
Commission. 

We sincerely hope that any person in the town who is interested in these 
two streams or any matter pertaining to conservation in Acton will not hesi- 
tate to contact the Commission. T attain our conservation goal we will need 
cooperation and assistance from many of our townspeople. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ROBERT J. ELLIS 

JOHN A. JEFFRIES, JR. 

WILLIAM L. KINGMAN 

MRS. DAVID L. MAY 

JAMES M. SHEPARD 

DAVID P. TINKER 

THOMAS E.. WE THERBEE,, Chairman 

REPORT OF THE CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1963 has passed without any significant international crisis 
and public interest in Civil Defense has been minimal. At the same time, the 
renewed financial support which the legislature has given to the State Civil 
Defense organization has brought about the assignment of new personnel at 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 99 

various State levels and the implementation of additional training courses 
and the formation of an efficient State organization. 

The most significant of these improvements was the reopening of Section 
1C Civil Defense Headquarters at Bedford which is the next highest echelon 
of command to the Acton Civil Defense Agency. The reopening of this head- 
quarters provides a local point for our communications operation and for 
training courses, it reduces travel time for monthly meetings and it provides 
a grouping of fifteen adjacent towns into a mutual aid group. 

Typical of the training courses available at the Sector level was a Radio- 
logical course attended by six members of Acton's Civil Defense Agency who 
received training in the actual use of radioactive fallout detection instru- 
ments. It is planned that members of other municipal departments in Acton 
will attend similar courses in the coming year. 

Contrary to last year's report wherein it stated that no buildings in 
Acton, suitable for fallout shelters, were found in the survey conducted by 
the Corps of Engineers, a re-evaluation made by them in 196 3 has estab- 
lished that a basement area in the Blanchard Auditorium is suitable and has 
a capacity of 56 persons. This location has been stocked with emergency 
food rations and will be marked with signs early in 1964. A survey of new 
buildings has been requested for 1964 to increase Acton's shelter capacity. 

A comprehensive Operations Plan for all Civil Defense actions in Acton 
under various emergencies has been completed and submitted to the Massa- 
chusetts Civil Defense Agency for approval. This report contains 76 text 
pages and two maps and its preparation and submission is a requirement for 
Acton's participation in Federal matching funds programs. A copy is on file 
in the Selectmen's Office. This Operations Plan was prepared by Acton's 
Director from a basic plan prepared by the State and contains a letter of 
authorization for the Director's action in emergencies signed by the Select- 
men. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN F. MCLAUGHLIN, Director 

REPORT OF THE DOG OFFICER 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1963. 

Calls & complaints handled 189 

Notices to owners of unlicensed dogs 221 

Stray dogs picked up 41 

Dogs disposed of 7 

Dogs returned to owners 34 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT 

Dog Officer - Town of Acton, Mass. 



100 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For Year Ending December 31, 1963 

The trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town Treasurer 
totaling $791.85 (Seven hundred ninety-one dollars and eighty-five cents). 

Respectfully submitted, 

HAZEL P. VOSE 
ELEANOR P. WILSON 
HELEN B. WOOD 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 



REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: 

I hereby respectfully submit my Annual Report for the Engineering De- 
partment for 196 3. 

During that year the following work was done: 

I. All routine work of the Department such as: 

1. Inspecting road and drain construction in new subdivisions. 

2. Checking new plans for the following subdivisions subsequently 
approved by the Planning Board: 

Simon Hapgood Lane; Brookview Subdivision; Flagg 
Hill Estates, Section IV; Faulkner Hill, Section II; 
Hamblin Park; Meadow Brook; Minuteman Ridge; 
Parker Village; Meadow Land; and Town House 
Acres. 

3. Revising and up-dating town maps. 

4. Laying out and drawing up drainage easements. 

5. Metes-and-bounds description of all roads to be accepted by the 

Town. 

6. Attendance at evening meetings as requested with the Board of 
Selectmen, the Planning Board, the School Committee, the Fi- 
nance Committee, the Recreation Commission, the Conservation 
Commission, and the Board of Health, and attendance at daytime 
hearings at the Middlesex County Engineers. 

II. Work on specific projects as per instruction by the Board of Selectmen: 

1. Field location work, preparatory to the laying out of the following 
unsurveyed roads: 

a) High Street 

b) Martin Street 

c) Elm Street 

d) Summer Street 

e) North, South and Cross Streets 



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2. Calculation and drawing up of plans for the street relocation of the 
intersection Parker Street and Independence Road. 

3. Design, specifications and construction supervision of one double 
tennis court, near the Julia McCarthy School, for the Recreation 
Commission. 

4. Field investigation, drawing of sketches and recommendations con- 
cerning actions proposed by miscellaneous Boards at various Town 
meetings. 

5. Intermittent work on Assessors' Maps. 

6. Grades and field engineering at drain installation at Central Street 
and Church Street in West Acton. 

7. Grades and lines for new parking lot behind the West Acton Fire 
Station. 

8. Lot line stake -out of new Police Station land. 

9. Preliminary investigation concerning the relocation of High Street 
near Powder Mill Road. 

10. Design and inspection of installation of a drainage system near the 
intersection of Forest Road and Whittier Drive. 

11. Surveying and plotting of Library land for new extension. 

During the year 1963 the Town voted to acquire a detailed Soil Study 
from the United States Department of Agriculture, Soils Stabilization Serv- 
ice. This expenditure, in my opinion, was a very foresighted one and it will 
prove its beneficial value to the Town in the years of growth to come as it 
already has at the specific cases in which it was used. 

Last summer we continued with the practice of hiring seasonal survey 
help and found it a satisfactory solution, since it enables us to gather enough 
field survey data to keep us going through the winter with calculations and 
drawings without materially adding to the overall budget. 

May I express my thanks to all citizens and citizen's groups and to the 
members of the Town Administration for their cooperation and help. 



Respectfully submitted, 

FRED K. HANACK 

Town Engineer 



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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my thirty-first annual report of the Fire Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1963. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 24 

Non-Residential 2 

Mercantile 4 

Manufacturing 2 

Miscellaneous 4 

Grass and Brush 105 

Automobile, etc 25 

False Alarms 9 

Smoke scares and accidential alarms 24 

Accidents and emergencies 71 

Out of Town , 5 



275 



Loss to Buildings $ 95,633.83 

Loss to Contents 24,670.01 

Loss to Automobiles 8,719.00 



Total Loss $129,022.84 

Permits Issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 117 

Bottled Gas 13 

Blasting 22 

Open Air Fires 854 

Inspections and investigations 1,313 



2,319 



Collected for Permits $ 75.00 

Collected Rents at Station #1 75.00 

Collected Rents at Station #2 81.25 

Collected Rents at Station #3 555.00 



$ 786.25 

Article #37 not complete at this time. 
Article #39 not complete at this time. 

New alarm Boxes installed this year: 

Box #355 on Joseph Reed Lane at Capt. Furbush Lane (by developer) 

Box #356 on Deacon Hunt Drive at Joseph Reed Lane (by developer) 

Box #127 on Great Road at Wetherbee Street 

Box #155 on Great Road at Esterbrook Road 

Box #1233 on Main Street at Isaac Davis Way 

Box #1413 on Main Street at Brook Street 

Box #319 on Birch Ridge Road 

Box #337 on Arlington Street near Daniel Sweeney 



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1964 Program 

Stabilization Fund - $10,000.00. 

Fire Alarm Extension: 

On Spruce Street to End. 
On Kinsley Road to End. 

Fire Apparatus: 

I have an article in to replace the Ladder Truck at South Acton. 
This truck is twenty-one years old and has out-lived its usefulness. I have 
in mind replacing this piece of apparatus with a modern aerial-type ladder 
which will operate more effectively with less man-power. As it is now, we 
have to depend on Maynard or Concord for equipment of this kind. 

There was an increase in the number of alarms this year which 
could be attributed to the weather and growth of the Town. However, I feel 
this is normal according to the size of the Town. 

With the exception of Engine #4, which needs some repairs, the rest 
of the equipment is in good condition. 

In closing, I wish to thank the fire fighters and the Auxiliary for 
their co-operation throughout the year. I also wish to thank the Board of 
Selectmen, the Finance Committee, Personnel Board, the Clerical Staff at 
the Town Hall, and all others who have contributed to the support and opera- 
tion of the Fire Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR 

Chief of Fire Department 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 
For the year ending December 31, 1963 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $ 465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 



$3,465.54 



RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank 19.47 

Concord Co-operative Bank 120.00 



139.47 



104 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

EXPENDITURES 

Treasurer of the Evangelical Church in Acton $ 119.47 

Town of Acton for the perpetual care of Goodnow 

Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 



$ 139.47 



THELMA L. BOATMAN, TR. 
CLARK C. McELVEIN 
JAMES N. GATES 



Trustees of Goodnow Fund 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year ending 
December 31, 1963, together with the reports of other departments con- 
nected with it. 

In June of 1963 the membership of the Acton Board of Health was 
changed by the resignation of Dr. David L. Smith, who had been a member 
for two years. This change was due to the fact that Dr. Smith had moved to 
the Town of Littleton, Mass., thus making him no longer eligible to hold pub- 
lic office in Acton. The other board members and its staff would wish to 
thank Dr. Smith for the time and effort that he devoted to the solution to the 
problems that confronted the Board of Health. 

The Acton Board of Selectmen and Health met in joint session to fill 
this vacancy, "as outlined in the General Laws of The Commonwealth". It 
was the sense of this meeting that the many problems that confront the 
Board of Health required more time than the Town had a right to expect a 
doctor to be able to grant to the town in view of their already busy schedule. 
With the knowledge that the Town is adequately covered by the appointment 
of a local doctor to run the clinics and to act in an advisory capacity, the 
group elected Mr. Jay S. Grumbling to fill the vacancy. Mr. Grumbling 
comes to the Board of Health with a strong background in Sanitary Engineer- 
ing. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a master' s 
degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is employed by 
the engineering firm of Metcalf & Eddy. With over 70% of the problems 
coming before the Board of Health being concerned with sewage disposal, the 
Town is fortunate in having a person with Mr. Grumbling's background. 

A large percentage of Acton' s population is in a stage of transition. 
They either have just arrived or are making plans to leave town due to 
business transfers. Because of this the Board of Health would like to take 
advantage of the opportunity to mention the fact that Acton does not have 
municipal sewerage disposal works. Each house has an individual system 
made up of a septic tank and leaching field. The Town of Acton can give no 
assurance that these systems will continue to work indefinitely without being 
inspected at least once a year and pumped out at least every two years or 
oftener as conditions warrant. Heavy equipment should be kept away from 
the disposal area as well as any planting of trees or nursery stock. It would 
be helpful for new owners to obtain from the previous owner a detailed plan 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 105 

of the system as well as a service history which would indicate if there has 
been any alteration or addition to the existing system. It is the responsibil- 
ity of each home owner to maintain his system in proper working order, free 
from any conditions which would constitute a hazard to himself of his neigh- 
bor, or the Town. 

The Board of Health sponsored an article on the Warrant for the Annual 
Town Meeting for the year 1964 requesting that the Town authorize the form- 
ation of a Sewerage Study Committee. A subsequent article requested the 
Town to vote approval for the committee to apply for an advance of funds 
from the U. S. Government to be used in making surveys, cost estimates re- 
ports and preliminary plans for a Town Sewage Collection System and Sewage 
Treatment Facility. 

The survey and planning work would be done by an engineer selected and 
employed by the Sewerage Study Committee. The information obtained would 
enable the Town to purchase land to be used for a treatment plant site. 

The proposed plan for sewer construction would permit permanent ease- 
ments to be obtained in advance and enable the Town to provide for construc- 
tion of sewers without extra cost for property damage or expensive detours. 

The construction of a Town Sewerage System will cost money, but the 
amount can not be determined without a plan. This plan must be approved by 
both the State and Federal Government before any construction can be con- 
sidered. It will take a long time before any Town money can be spent, but as 
this time passes the Town will be able to intelligently plan its financial obli- 
gations. 

About four years ago, the Town was told that a sewerage system would 
be needed in ten years. The Board of Health has requested that a study be 
undertaken to develop plans for Town Sewerage on previous warrants and are 
again sponsoring such an article. The Board is convinced that the sewerage 
system will be needed to serve the population centers of West Acton and 
South Acton before the year 1970, with or without the continued explosive 
growth. The time to plan is now and the provisions of Public Law 560, 83rd 
Congress of the United States make funds available for this purpose. 

The Housing and Home Finance Administrator is authorized by the 
Congress to make interest-free, repayable advances of fund to States, 
municipalities and other local public agencies to aid in financing the cost 
of plan preparation for specific public works projects. The Act specifically 
provides that: 

1. The making of an advance will not in any way commit the Federal 
Government to appropriate funds to assist in financing the construction of 
any public work so planned. 

2. Advances will be repaid without interest by the applicant when con- 
struction is started. 

3. If a public agency starts construction of only a portion of a planned 
public work, it will repay such proportionate amount of the advance as the 
Housing and Home Finance Administrator may determine to be equitable. 

4. If an advance is not repaid promptly upon the start of construction, 
interest at the rate of four per centum per annum will be charged. 

Advances will only be made for planning public works expected to be 
placed under construction within five years. Advances may be requested 
to finance preliminary, final or both types of planning. However, applicants 
are urged to restrict their applications to aid in preliminary planning. This 



106 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

will permit assistance to the maximum number of communities and develop 
the largest number of planned projects. Preliminary plans also are less 
likely to become obsolete during the period between plan preparation and 
actual construction. Whenever fund limitations make it necessary, priority 
will be given to applications covering only preliminary plans. 

Preliminary planning should include all investigations and surveys 
needed as a basis for decisions by the applicant's officials regarding type, 
size and scope of the public work, and for reliable estimates of construc- 
tion cost. These may include photogrammetric surveys, foundation explora- 
tion, test pits, core drilling, water source investigations, both surface and 
sub- surface, and preparation of topographic charts, plans, specifications, 
and other specific data. Final planning is based on preliminary planning and 
includes preparation of all detailed plans, and specifications required before 
construction bids can be obtained. 

An advance will be approved only for a specific public work, but more 
than one advance may be requested by one applicant. A separate application 
is required for each advance requested. 

The Town of Acton has maintained an orderly expansion as the population 
of the Town has grown from 3,510 in the year 1950 to 7,238 in 1960. The Town 
has continued to grow in the past three years and estimates for the year 1970 
consider a population as high as 13,000 persons. 

The major growth in population is occurring in the areas South and West 
of Mass. Highway Rt. 2, fanning out from the population centers of West 
Acton and South Acton. This area is otherwise defined as the Fort Pond 
Drainage Area and the continuing construction of houses surrounding the 
Fort Pond Brook is converting the area into a densely populated urban area 
of some 12 persons per acre. 

At present, over 72 percent of the Town population is located in the Fort 
Pond Drainage area. About 50 percent or nearly half of the Town population 
is located in West Acton. These populations are located on 46 percent of the 
total Town land area with the larger West Acton population located on only 
10 percent of the total Town land. At present nearly all new house construc- 
tion is being done in this same area. 

The Fort Pond Drainage area is presently being developed in accordance 
with the zoning by-laws. The need for the construction of a sewerage system 
in this area was defined in the master plan but, unfortunately, the area has 
been largely developed before the more stringent Intensity Regulations 
recommended in the master plan were adopted. There are and have been 
problems with household sewage disposal systems in this area and every 
indication suggests that there will be a steady increase. 

What are the sewage disposal problems in the Fort Pond Drainage area 
and the Town of Acton? 

1. Owners of some older homes do not have sufficient land area to con- 
struct adequate household sewage disposal systems. 

2. Owners of some newer homes on 20,000 square feet lots have ex- 
panded household sewage disposal systems to the extent that the total avail- 
able land within the property lines has been used. 

3. Of the failures in household sewage disposal systems, for which re- 
pair permits were issuredinthe years 1960 to 1963 inclusive, 78% were in 
the Fort Pond Drainage area. 

4. All failures reported, occurred in those areas not recommended for 
subsurface sewage disposal by the recent soils survey. According to the 



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results of this survey, only about 10% of the land area of the Town of Acton 
is suitable. 

5. The pollution of Fort Pond Brook is caused by inadequately treated 
household sewage. 

6. School construction and other municipal buildings will not be located 
where needed but where land is adequate for sewage disposal and then at 
excessive costs for individual unit waste disposal systems. 

When are the problems in household sewage disposal systems going to 
need relief by a Town Sewerage System? 

1. The average life of a household sewage disposal system is considered 
to be from 10 to 15 years. 

2. Failures in household systems will increase as more individual sys- 
tems are constructed; soils will become saturated and unable to receive ad- 
ditional waste water. This condition is especially prevalent in the Spring 
season of the year. 

3. Failures in household sewage disposal systems, for which repair 
permits were issued, have increased each year since 1960. In 1963, 40 
permits were issued representing a 90% increase over 1962. 

4. All failures are not reported, but at the rate reflected in the records 
the minimum number expected in 1970 would be 140. 

5. It is the opinion of the Board of Health that most failures in house- 
hold sewage disposal systems by the year 1970 will be beyond repair and 
that Town Sewage disposal will be necessary to serve the Fort Pond Drainage 
area. 

Why the need for a sewerage study now? 

1. The cost of repairs to househould sewage disposal systems aver- 
ages about $700 to the homeowner. On the basis of repair permits issued 
since 1960 this means that about $68,000 has been spent for temporary im- 
provements to private sewage disposal systems. In the year 1970, the total 
costs to individual homeowners could be $100,000. 

2. With the assistance of the Federal Government the individual home- 
owner can be used to support an organized transition from household systems 
to a permanent Town sewerage system. 

3. A plan for constructing Town sewers and a sewage treatment plant 
will require Federal, State and local approval which will take time. The 
Town should have time and take time to consider this construction. 

4. Cost estimates for a sewerage system will enable the Town to con- 
sider finances well in advance of the time construction would begin. 

5. Land could be purchased and designated as a sewage treatment plant 
site before other development encroaches on the area or otherwise causes 
the cost of purchase to increase. 

6. Easements could be obtained over the route of the proposed trunk 
sewers to prevent excessive damages or detours at the time of construction. 

7. Schools and municipal buildings could be located where needed and 
programmed for construction or expansion when sewer services are pro- 
vided. 

8. By using the federal funds that Towns are encouraged to use, Acton 
will be able to plan for the years ahead and make use of the information at 
no cost to the Town until actual construction is undertaken. 

The Board has held regular meetings every second and fourth Monday of 
each month. Whenever necessary special meetings were held. Visitors are 
always welcome to attend these meetings. 



108 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

During the year regular inspections of schools, food handling establish- 
ments, milk dealers, kindergartens, nursery schools, rest homes, etc., have 
been made. 

Water samples have been tested whenever it was considered necessary. 

Mosquito control spray was provided during the spring and summer. 

The Board sponsored the usual clinics, namely Diptheria and Tetanus 
immunizations, Dental clinic, Tuberculin clinic and Dog rabies immunization. 

A Sabin (Oral) Polio Vaccine Clinic was held in January, March and May, 
with a mass make-up clinic held in June. 

Total receipts from all these clinics were $1,081.90 

Total receipts were returned to the General Fund. 

We have had no cases of T B in hospitals at present. The Middlesex 
County Sanatorium at Waltham provides a clinic for free chest X-Ray. The 
Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and on the first 
and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8, p.m. It is suggested that 
people take advantage of this free clinic. 

The Board of Health has worked constantly for health standards through- 
out the community. 

The Town provides a garbage collection. No rubbish collection is pro- 
vided; however, the Town maintains a Dump for the convenience of the resi- 
dents of Acton. 

We would appreciate all communicable diseases be reported either by 
an attending physician or the householder. (Chapter 111 General Laws of 
Massachusetts). 

There were 337 cases of contagious disease reported during the year 
1963. 

Cases Reported: 

Scarlet fever and strepto throat 31 

Chicken Pox 151 

Measles 3 

German Measles 8 

Dog Bites 18 

Mumps 121 

Infectious Hepatitis 

Tuberculosis 

Infectious Mononucleosis 1 

Salmonella \ 2 

Syphilis 2 

There were 1J3 premature births reported during 1963. 

The services of the Town Nurse are available for those who cannot pay 
for emergency nursing care. Those who are financially able are required to 
pay a small fee for each visit. These services are offered only under the 
guidance of a physician. She may be reached by calling the Board of Health 
Office CO 3-4736. 



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The following permits and licenses were issued: 

Sewage disposal permits 

new construction 139 

repairs or alterations 45 

Total amount collected for these $ 920.00 

Plumbing permits issued 179 

Total amount collected for these $1,937.60 

Offal transport permits 7 

Catering permits 1 

Overnight cabins and camps 3 

Methyl alcohol permits 10 

Kindergarten & Nursery School 8 

Store Milk License 23 

Milk Dealers License 11 

Massage license 1 

Total amount collected for these $ 75.50 

Nursing and Rest Homes inspected 2 

Eating and Food dispensing 

establishments inspected 20 

Burial permits issued 64 

Amount collected from Town Nurse $ 821.25 

Total amount received and deposited with 
the Town Treasurer for year ending 

December 31, 1963 $4,836.25 

The Board of Health wishes to thank all those who contributed to its 
progress for the year 1963. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ROBERT C. HEUSTIS, R.S., Chairman 
MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N., Member 
JAY S. GRUMBLING, Member 

REPORT OF THE TOWN NURSE 

To The Board of Health: 

I hereby submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1963. 

Total number of visits made include paid and unpaid calls. . . 1,710 

Visits include: Old Age Persons, persons receiving general, 

medical or disability relief. Aid to dependent children, and 

Veterans on aid and their dependents 870 calls 

Paid calls ($1.00 fee per visit) 825 

Saturday, Sunday and Holiday calls 105 



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Public Health Clinics held during the year in cooperation with the School 
Department are: 

17 .... Dental Clinics were held at Dr. McQueen's office. 

811 .... Tuberculin Tests were done in November, with 
11 (eleven positive reactors in Grades 1, 4, 7, 
and 11). 

Diptheria Clinics . . . with boosters of Diptheria 
and Tetanus for Grades 1, 5, and 9 were given. 

The Board of Health conducted a Sabin (Oral) Polio Vaccine Program of 
Types I, II and III for preschool, school and adults 11,580 doses 

We wish to thank everyone who volunteered to work for these clinics. It 
was appreciated very much. 

We were pleased to have two students from the Burbank Hospital School 
of Nursing during the year, for their Public Health Training period of eight 
weeks each. 

Kindergarten, playground and scout camp inspections. . . 17 

Total amount of fees received and turned over to the 
Town Treasurer $821.25 

I wish to thank all those who assisted me during the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EILEEN H. HALE, Town Nurse 

REPORT OF THE SLAUGHTERING INSPECTOR 

To The Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

There were no cases of slaughtering reported during the year 1963. 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 

Inspector of Slaughtering 

REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

In early 1963 and for the third successive year, Rep. Vernon L. Fletcher 
filed a bill in the Legislature in our behalf which would have directed the 
Department of Correction to turn over to the Town of Acton 125 industrially- 
zoned acres of Concord Reformatory farmland lying along the south side of 
Route 2. The several details concerning this proposal have been discussed 
in previous reports. Suffice it to say, this effort was once again defeated. 
During our negotiations with the Department of Correction, however, the 
Superintendent of the Reformatory stated that he would be willing to release 
something in excess of 25 acres to the Town; this acreage also lies along the 



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south side of Route 2, adjacent to Hosmer Street. Rep. Fletcher has there- 
fore filed a bill for 1964 legislative consideration along these lines, and 
"hope springs eternal". 

At a recent Special Town Meeting, an article was defeated by a small 
margin which would have rezoned from residential to industrial use approxi- 
mately 25 acres fronting on School Street but abutting the 25 acre Reforma- 
tory plot noted above. Both the Planning Board and this Commission recom- 
mended the rezoning, and its defeat is traced by some to the fact that no 
guarantees existed concerning the specific use to which the land might be put. 
(Of course, it should be remarked that no such guarantees exist on any pres- 
ent industrial land nor, as a matter of fact, do they exist concerning the type 
of residential housing which might conceivably be built on this very same 
land). With this in mind, the Planning Board will again recommend rezoning 
at the Annual Town Meeting but will also recommend the creation of a Light 
Industrial zoning classification restricting the types of industries which may 
be located in such a zone. It is into such a zone that the land in question 
would be placed, and this Commission will again support the rezoning. Al- 
though there are many acres of industrially -zoned land in Acton, it becomes 
more apparent with each passing year that desirable features are missing in 
many cases. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that land along or close to 
Route 2 has the characteristics necessary to attract top-notch industry. 

In other areas, we have received several inquiries - both by mail and by 
personal visit - concerning available land and available plant space. Because 
we have catalogued all present industrial land as well as all known available 
plant space, we can easily provide the names of owners to be contacted by 
mail or, in fact, escort the prospect to the site. Significantly enough, we 
have been ifnormed more than once in recent months that asking prices for 
land in Acton tend to be too high considering what we have to offer. 

As we write this report, one company engaged in light manufacturing of 
precision instruments is very actively seeking to locate in Acton. This com- 
pany has already been placed in contact with several land owners and with a 
present company in Acton which may wish to build for lease on its own ex- 
cess land area. 

We expect shortly to have available a small brochure outlining Acton' s 
assets and this brochure will be made available to Chambers of Commerce, 
Departments of Commerce, industrial realtors, industrial developers, and 
the like. 

As we have in the past, may we again note that our meetings are in the 
Town Hall at 8:00 P.M. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and 
are open to all. 

allen m. christofferson 
paul h. lesure 
stephen e. lord 
paul m. Mcpherson 

FREDERICK H. BUBIER, Clerk 
RICHARD J. O'NEIL. Chairman 



112 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1963. 

Premises Inspected 24 

Cows 124 

Young Cattle 11 

Bulls 3 

Beef Cattle 15 

Swine 

Sheep 9 

Goats 

Horses & Ponies 40 

Dog bites 38 

Dog quarantined 38 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT 

Animal Inspector 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for the year ending 
December 31, 1963. 

Two Hundred Sixty Four permits were issued. The sum of One Thousand 
Nine Hundred Forty Four dollars and seventy five cents, ($1,944.75) was 
collected in fees for these permits and turned over to the Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LESLIE F. PARKE 

Inspector of Wires 

REPORT OF THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

The Annual Report of the Insurance Committee for 1963 is marked for 
its brevity. The only change in the program has been the addition of Public 
Liability insurance on Town Buildings in accordance with Article 63 of the 
Annual Town Meeting in March. It is hoped that this insurance may be 
broadened to include the other operations of the Town government and to 
include property damage liability so that claims of property owners can be 
honored. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 113 

In the past, broken water mains and the work of the Highway Department 
or it's contractors have caused damage that could have been paid by an in- 
surance carrier and a study should be made to see if these and other inci- 
dents will justify the purchase of additional insurance. 

You have before you a proposal to consider the advisability of putting a 
$1,000. deductible on the Fire Schedule. When action is taken on this pro- 
posal, all of the major recommendations of the Insurance Committee will 
have been completed. 

The only major change in the insurance budget for 1964 is reflected in 
item 111, Workmen's Compensation. This represents no change of coverage 
but an expected loss of a very favorable experience credit due to one serious 
outstanding claim and a general increase of rates that will become effective 
February 1, 1964. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID P. TINKER 
RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
CHARLES M. MacRAE 
THERON LOWDEN 
THOMAS MOTLEY, Chairman 

LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit the following report for 1963. 

Board of Trustees 

Richard A. Bodge Roland R. MacLean 

A. Frank Garbarino Florence Merriman 

Louise M. Gardiner Raymond A. Shamel 

Dudley F. Howe, Chairman Marvin L. Tolf 

Earle W. Tuttle 

Library Hours 
effective Jan. 1, 1964 

Monday through Friday 1 - 6 P.M. and 7 - 9 P.M. 

Saturday 1 - 6 P.M. 

Staff 

Marian L. Piper Librarian 

Marion M. Armstrong Library Assistant 

Edna R. Custance General Assistant 

Julie W. Custance Custodian 



114 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Accession 

Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1963 22,015 

Increase by purchase 1,379 

Increase by gift 182 

Withdrawn 2,943 



Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1964 20,633 

Circulation in 1963: 

Fiction 28,067 

Non -fiction 15,154 

Juvenile 30,012 



Total 73,233 

Circulation in 1962 64,415 

Increase in circulation over 1962 8,818 

Receipts 

Fines and miscellaneous $1,390.87 

During the past year the Library has incorporated several new features 
to make our facilities more convenient and attractive to our patrons. A tele- 
phone has been installed, a new charge-out system has been put in operation 
and the McNaughton "Lend-lease" plan has been initiated. This plan does 
away with outright purchase and processing of the books. The Library con- 
tracts for a loan of a specified number of copies sufficient to meet the de- 
mand and excess books are returned in exchange for newer ones as they are 
published. 

The Friends of the Acton Libraries have been most helpful and coopera- 
tive. They have purchased several new books for the Library and also given 
many used books. The Garden Club has provided a beautiful flower arrange- 
ment each week which has been a delight to all. The League of Women 
Voters set up an attractive display recognizing United Nations week. The 
Girl Scouts presented us with a fine selection of Scout books in memory of 
Mrs. Myrtle Pettingell. To those organizations and to each individual who 
has given us books or magazines we extend a sincere "thank you". To the 
conscientious, faithful and most cooperative Board of Trustees I extend a 
personal thank you. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN L. PIPER 

Librarian 



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REPORT OF THE CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF WEST ACTON 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit the following report for 1963: 

Board of Trustees 

James Kinsley- 
Barbara Nylander, Chairman 
Percival Wood, Secretary 

Library Hours: 

Monday, 7 - 9 P.M. 

Tuesday, 3-6 P.M. 

Thursday, 3 - 5 P.M. 

Thelma G. Hermes Librarian 

Accession 

Number of Volumes January 1,1963 3,652 

Increase by Purchase 23 

Increase by Gift 1,639 

Withdrawn 102 



Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1964 5,212 

Circulation in 1963: 

Fiction 1,049 

Non-fiction 766 

Juvenile 2,828 



Total 4,643 

Circulation in 1962: 2,302 

Receipts 

Fines $109.63 



The first year of the Citizens Library Association of West Acton opera- 
ting as a Town of Acton public library was one of active growth. The trust- 
ees and librarian were pleased that the number of books circulated in 1963 
doubled the figures of the previous twelve months. 

The interest and support of the following was deeply appreciated: 
Friends of the Acton Libraries, Acton Memorial Library, Friendship 
Society, West Acton Baptist Church, League of Women Voters, Acton 
Girl Scouts, and local residents. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THELMA G. HERMES 
Librarian 



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REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1963. A Foliage Spray for the 
control of the elm leaf beetle was applied to the Elm trees in June this year. 
Wild cherry and apple trees growing along the streets were also sprayed for 
the control of tent caterpillers and canker worms. 

We removed 35 diseased Elms in 1963. There are about 15 diseased 
Elms to be removed before April 1964. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Moth Superintendent 



IN MEMORIAM 



Peter Gray 



Appointed to original Personnel Board in 1956 
and continued until his death. 



REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The necessary changes in the by-laws because of the new fire depart- 
ment setup incorporating permanent men were worked out. The desire on 
the part of all concerned for maintaining the status of the call fire depart- 
ment resulted in this work taking much longer than originally estimated. 

The Personnel Board is recommending a general increase for all town 
employees of five per cent. It is our feeling that this should be granted to 
maintain the favorable level of Acton in relation to other towns. 

During this past year a set of standard personnel forms were developed 
and accepted. These will be used by all departments. 

The Personnel Board and the town suffered a severe loss in the untimely 
death of Peter Gray. Mr. Gray had served on the Personnel Board longer 
than any other member and his help to the town cannot be measured. 

The Personnel Board has met with department heads on problems as 
they have arisen. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CLYDE J. HORNE, Chairman 
WARREN S. NEWELL 
WILBUR J. TOLMAN 
WILLIAM H. KEMP, Secretary 



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REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1963 has been an active one for the Planning Board. In addi- 
tion to the regular meetings of the Board held the first and third Tuesdays 
of each month in the Acton Center Fire Station, many additional meetings 
have been necessary. 

The Attorney General approved the zoning changes December 13th that 
were voted by the Town at its special meeting of October 20th. The prepara- 
tion of these changes was the main activity of the Planning Board this year. 

The administration of the Subdivision Control Law was a close second to 
the zoning changes. We found the subdividers anxious to cooperate in work- 
ing toward the continuance of our subdivision standards. 



New subdivisions offered during the year were: 



James Carrig 
Ervin D. Putnam 
Jenks Homes, Inc. 
M. & L. Building Corp. 
Bellows Farms, Inc. 
Kennedy Brothers 
Milldam Trust 
Flagg Hill Estates, Inc. 
Frederick W. Abbt 
Milldam Trust 
Gerald Leone 



Meadow Land of Acton 

Meadow Brook Subdivision 

Minuteman Ridge 

Faulkner Hill Estates 

Brookview Subdivision 

Parker Village 

Houghton Park 

Flagg Hill Subdivision, Section IV 

Acton Estates 

Hamblin Park 

Town House Acres 



North Acton 
South Acton 
West Acton 
South Acton 
North Acton 
South Acton 
West Acton 
West Acton 
East Acton 
South Acton 
South Acton 



As in the past the Board has made on-the -ground inspections with the 
Town Engineers to check subdivision layouts, inspecting roads up for Town 
acceptance, and viewing our ever-present drainage problems. 

We have consulted with Mr. Charles A. Downe on several occasions 
during the year. In making many of our decisions, we have used the com- 
prehensive Town Plan as a guide and by keeping in contact with Mr. Downe, 
we have kept this very valuable source of information to the Planning Board 
and the Town Consultant up to date. 

In February, Donald E. Donnelly resigned from the Board and Calvin M. 
Farnsworth of Acton Center was appointed. In turn, Mr. Farnsworth moved 
out of state and tendered his resignation. Arthur P. Charbonneau of Acton 
Center was appointed to complete his term. The Board wishes to thank both 
Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Farnsworth for their counsel while members of the 
Board. 

During the year the Planning Board has met with the Boards of Select- 
men, Health, Finance, and the Industrial Commission on various mutual 
problems. The Town Engineer is present at all Planning Board meetings. 
We feel there should be more of these joint meetings. 

In the interest of better Town Government the Planning Board makes 
the following recommendations: That 

1. The Town employ legal counsel for all Town Boards who should be 
available for Board meetings when asked and telephone counsel at 
any time. 



118 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

2. The Town again considers the employment of an administrative 
assistant to the Selectmen. 

3. The practice of a special Town Meeting in the fall, preferably in 
November, be continued. 

4. The Industrial Section of the Zoning By-law be amended to make 
two Industrial Districts 

General Industrial 1-1 
Light Industrial 1-2 

The 1-2 District limiting production to light manufacturing. 

5. The possibility of some form of Flood Plain Zoning to protect Fort 
Pond Brook and Nashoba Brook and their water sheds to postpone 
as long as possible the need for sewerage and to keep them as 
beauty spots in the Town. 

6. A quarterly meeting of all Boards be called by the Selectmen to 
discuss their problems thereby making for better communication 
between the various Town Boards. 

We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees, and Departments of 
the Town for their cooperation during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID P. TINKER, Chairman 
ARTHUR P. CHARBONNEAU 
C. JUDD FARLEY 
JOHN H. LORING 
WILLIAM M. VEAZEY 

Acton Planning Board 

REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my seventh annual report for the Police Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1963. This report includes all arrests 
and prosecutions, report on motor vehicle accidents, bicycle registrations, 
houses checked, parking violations, defective equipment tags, telephone 
calls received and other items. 

ARRESTS AND PROSECUTIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES: 

Accosting and Annoying 1 

Adultery 1 

Allowing an Improper Person to Operate a Motor Vehicle 1 

Assault and Battery 8 

Assault with a dangerous Weapon 1 

Assault with Intent to Rape 1 

Attaching Plates 6 

Begetting 2 

Defective Brakes 1 



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Delivering Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor 1 

Disturbance at School 1 

Drunk 27 

Exploding Fireworks 1 

Failing to Mark Motor Vehicle to Show Ownership 1 

Failing to Report an Accident 1 

Failing to Slow at Intersection 1 

Failing to Stop for a Police Officer 1 

False Representation to Obtain Drugs 1 

Fornication 1 

Fraudulent Check 1 

Fugitive from Justice 2 

Giving False Name to a Police Officer 1 

Going away, after causing Personal Injury 2 

Going away, after causing Property Damage 5 

Hiring a Minor to Operate a Motor Vehicle 1 

Illegal Turning. . , 2 

Indecent Assault and Battery 1 

Indecent Exposure 1 

Labor on the Lord' s Day 2 

Larceny 13 

Law of the Road 5 

Lewd and Lascivious Speech and Behavior 5 

Loaning License 1 

Manslaughter 1 

No License in Possession 22 

Non-Support 5 

No Registration in Possession 5 

Obscene Materials 1 

Operating after Suspension of License 5 

Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 15 

Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle % 13 

Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle 14 

Operating Motor Vehicle without Lights 2 

Operating So as to Endanger 35 

Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor 18 

Parking Violation 1 

Possession of Burglarious Tools 1 

Possession of Explosives without a Permit 1 

Red Light 20 

School Bus Violations 12 

Speeding 212 

Spilling 4 

Stop Sign 37 

Towing Uninsured Motor Vehicle 1 

Towing Unregistered Motor Vehicle 3 

Trespassing 1 

Trucking on Sunday 4 

Wrong way on One way Street 1 

Delinquent Child - Arson 3 

Delinquent Child - Assault and Battery 1 

Delinquent Child- - Attaching Plates 2 

Delinquent Child - Breaking and Entering Nightime 1 

Delinquent Child - Disturbance at School 1 

Delinquent Child - Driving without a License 2 

Delinquent Child - Habitual School Offender 1 

Delinquent Child - Larceny 7 

Delinquent Child - Malicious Destruction of Property 8 

Delinquent Child - Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 1 



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Delinquent Child - Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle 2 

Delinquent Child - Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle 2 

Delinquent Child - Operating so as to Endanger 2 

Delinquent Child - Possession of Burglarious Tools 

Delinquent Child - Red Light 

Delinquent Child - Speeding 

Delinquent Child - Stubborn Child 

Delinquent Child - Towing Unregistered Motor Vehicle 

Delinquent Child - Trespassing 3 

Delinquent Child - Using Motor Vehicle without Authority 5 



576 

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT 1962 1963 

Total number of Accidents covered by the Department 121 156 

Number of Occupants Injured 29 74 

Number of Occupants Killed 1 

Number of Pedestrians Injured 2 7 

Bicyclists Injured 3 

MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS 

Bicycles Registered 173 

Complaints Received and Investigated 213 

Cruiser Ambulance Trips to Acton Medical Center 13 

Cruiser Ambulance Trips to Emerson Hospital 103 

Cruiser Trips to Metropolitan State Hospital 9 

Defective Equipment tickets 39 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of business 37 

Electric Wires down and Reported to Edison 14 

Emergencies Answered 139 

Fire Alarms Answered 113 

Motorists Assisted by Patrol 66 

Motor Vehicles checked by Night Patrol 167 

Nightime Parking Tickets 93 

Parking Tickets 32 

Property Check, Slips left at Request of Owners 1,131 

Prowlers Reported 9 

Street Lights out, Reported to Edison 251 

Summonses sent out for service ♦ 210 

Summonses Served 336 

Telephone Calls - Incoming 5,805 

Telephone Calls - Outgoing 3,868 

Telephone Calls - received re. "No School" 200 

Times Resuscitator was used 22 

Total number of Arrests made 47 

Traffic Lights out and Reported to Department of Public Works . . 33 

There were 906 Motor Vehicles checked by the Department of Traffic or 

Motor Vehicle violations for which operators received verbal warnings, sum- 
monses to appear in court or had the violation reported to the Registrar for 
action. 

FATALS 

One Pedestrian Fatal in 1963 



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CRUISERS 

I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen, that both cruisers be 
traded in 1964. 

RADAR 

At the annual Town Meeting, we will have an article to purchase a Radar 
Unit. This is a very essential unit to control speed in your town. 

The accident rate for 1963 increased over 1962 by approximately 15%. 
This is a sharp increase in a one year span. 

Our Automobile Insurance rates in Acton are one of the lowest in the 
state. If we are to stay in this low range area, we must keep our accident 
rate down. A Radar Unit is the best piece of equipment to control speed. 
When speed is controlled, the accident rate will be lower. 

POLICE STATION 

In 1963, the town purchased the land to build a Police Station. An article 
will be entered on the 1964 Annual Town Warrant for money to build a 
station. 

In closing, I would like to thank all the members of my department who 
worked with me in carrying out the duties of the Police Department during 
the year and to the Board of Selectmen and all others who assisted us in any 
way, I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR. 
Chief of Police 

REPORT OF THE 
PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Committee has worked to improve the observance of patriotic holi- 
days and to promote interest in the proud history of our town. 

The highlights of our activities are as follows: 

ORGANIZATION OF THE ACTON MINUTEMEN AND FIRST MUSTER 

Saturday, February 9, 1963 

The Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee in looking forward 
to the Two Hundredth Anniversary of The Fight at The Old North Bridge, ap- 
proved the suggestion of the Chairman that the Acton Minutemen be reac- 
tivated. 

The First Muster was held at The Acton- Boxborough Regional High 
School Auditorium on Saturday, February 9, 1963 with an enthusiastic crowd 
of over four hundred attending. Relics of 1775 were on display guarded by 
Acton Explorers. Kettles, loaned by The Acton Memorial Library, which 
had been used to cook food for the Acton Minutemen as they fought at The 
Old North Bridge and along the road toward Boston, were displayed on stage. 



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Members of the Acton Minutemen of 1925 who participated in the One Hun- 
dred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Fight at The Old North Bridge were 
present and were introduced. Mr. Frank Weatherby, resplendent in colonial 
attire sat on stage at an authentic early american table and served as Muster 
Master, registering with a quill pen all those who volunteered for the new 
Acton Minutemen. Chairman of Selectmen, Mr. Arthur Lee read a proclama- 
tion calling for the organization of the Acton Minutemen. Mr. Ray Shamel, 
chairman of the Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee, gave an en- 
thusiastic address recalling Acton's significant role in the American Revolu- 
tion and announcing the reactivation of the Acton Minutemen. Mr. Clark 
McElvein explained the organizational plans and announced the next Acton 
Minuteman Muster. The audience was then thrilled with the wonderful and 
stirring music of The Lynn Village Drum Band. 

Following the Muster the Lynn Village Drum Band and their wives, Dr. 
Francis McDonald, the Selectmen, the Steering Committee, and other honored 
guests were entertained at The Acton Woman's Club where a surprise birth- 
day cake in the form of a large colonial drum, made by Mrs. R. A. Shamel, 
was presented to the Lynn Village Drum Band in celebration of their second 
anniversary. 

FIRST PERMANENT LIGHTING OF THE ISAAC DAVIS MONUMENT 

6:45 P.M. - April 18, 1963 

A ceremony before a large crowd of Actonians preceeded the first per- 
manent illumination of the Captain Isaac Davis Monument which was erected 
in 1851 and contains the bodies of Captain Isaac Davis, Abner Hosmer and 
James Hayward, - Acton Minutemen who were killed on the first day of The 
American Revolution. 

The speakers for the occasion were Mr. Richmond Miller of the Public 
Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, Mr. Charles MacPherson, Chair- 
man of the Board of Selectmen, and Captain Alfred S. Cleaves U.S.N.R. 
Deputy Chief of Staff for Naval Reserve First Naval District. 

As the monument was illuminated, there was a hearty round of applause 
from the crowd. A cannon salute fired by The Sixth Massachusetts Contin- 
entals of Northampton, with their Revolutionary War era cannon. Then the 
Stars and Stripes were raised to the top of the Captain Isaac Davis Monument 
as Philip Morrison sang The Star Spangled Banner. 

The Acton Minutemen were represented by Mr. Luke Gardiner, Chief 
Musician, and by drummer Francis Davis and fifer Jacqueline Cowley. Mrs. 
Robert Hunt represented Acton's Captain Isaac Davis Chapter of the D.A.R. 
The lighting ceremonies were coordinated by Raymond Shamel. 

THE CAPTAIN ISAAC DAVIS BALL 
April 18, 1963 - ABRHS Auditorium 

This First Captain Isaac Davis Ball, sponsored by the Acton Lions Club 
and The Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee was a gala pre- 
Patriots Day social event. The Sixth Massachusetts Continentals of 
Northampton provided an Early American drill performance at the inter- 
mission. Proceeds of the Ball were donated to The Acton Lions Club Ed- 
ucational Fund, providing money for two scholarships and for the ABRHS 
Science Fair. 



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REENACTMENT OF THE DR. PRESCOTT-JOHN ROBBINS RIDE 

1:00 A.M. - April 19, 1963 

This second reenactment of the Dr. Pre scott- John Robbins Ride followed 
the early morning time schedule of the original messengers. Miss Beverly 
Abbt, portraying Dr. Prescott arrived at Minuteman Captain Robbin's home- 
site on Old Concord Road at 1:00 A.M. bringing the first alarm to Acton: 
"Captain Robbins, Captain Robbins, the Regulars are coming! Young John 
Robbins, son of Captain Joseph Robbins, as portrayed by Stephen Smalley, 
then quickly mounted and galloped off to take the alarm to the Captain Isaac 
Davis home on Hayward Road and on to the Captain Simon Hunt Home, 
Acton's famous Liberty Tree House. The present owner Marguerite White 
served delicious refreshments and hot coffee to the entire crowd that ob- 
served and followed the reenactment of this historic Acton ride. 

PATRIOTS DAY PROGRAM 
April 19, 196 3 

6:00 A.M. At The Capt. Isaac Davis Home, Hayward Road 

Acton's celebration of Patriots Day centers around the retracing of The 
Line of March of The Acton Minutemen of 1775 who under the command of 
Captain Isaac Davis, left the Davis homesite on April 19th, 1775 at 6:45 A.M. 
and marched to the Muster Field at Concord near the Old North Bridge. 
Here Captain Isaac Davis's immortal words, "I haven't a man that is afraid 
to go", resulted in the placing of The Acton Minutemen at the head of the 
line which met the British at The Old North Bridge and returned their fire 
with "the shot heard 'round the world" in the first successful organized 
military resistance to the British Arms, and the beginning of The American 
Revolution. 

Highlights of the 6:00 A.M. Program were martial music by The Acton - 
Boxborough Regional High School Band, Mr. Constantine Limberakis direct- 
ing, cannon fire by The Sixth Mass. Continentals, and retracing of the line of 
march of The Acton Minutemen to the Old North Bridge to the music of "The 
White Cockade" by fifers Giles Lowden & Richard Sawdo and drummer David 
Lowden and The ABRHS Band. At the Concord Muster Field the marchers 
had refreshments and were then escorted by the ABRHS Band to the Concord 
Ceremonies at The Old North Bridge. 

Friday - 2:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M., Acton Open House with the following 
exhibits: The Town Hall - The Isaac Davis Plow exhibited by the D.A.R. 
The Town Hall Historic Objects of the Revolution exhibited by The Acton 
Histprical Society, Mrs. Albert Wunderly in charge. The Memorial Library- 
Historical Objects of the Civil War exhibited by The Acton Historical Society, . 
Mr. Richmond Miller in charge. The Acton Woman's Club - Antiques of 
Early Acton displayed by the owners, Mrs. Albert Jenks in charge. 

MEMORIAL DAY 1963 

In the week prior to Memorial Day, the Committee purchased and dis- 
tributed to all of the Acton Cemeteries geraniums and flags for all veterans 
graves through the very kind efforts of the Acton Cemetery Department and 
its Superintendent, Fred S. Kennedy. The members of the Acton Cemetery 
Department and the Town Highway Department were both very cooperative 
and helpful in the preparation of the cemeteries and the route of the parade. 



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The parade formed in Acton Center at 8:00 a.m. with the following 
groups in the line of March: Following the Marshal and His Aides, the 
Colors and the Color Guard, The Selectmen and Elected Town Officials, the 
Serge ant -at -Arms and the Wreath Bearers, consisting of Boy Scouts, Girl 
Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies, The Edwards -Quimby Post American 
Legion and Auxiliary, Veterans of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast 
Guard, The Acton- Boxbo rough Regional High School Band under the direction 
of Mr. Constantine Limberakis, The Acton Minutemen, The Acton Fire De- 
partment, the Girl Scouts, the Brownies, the Cub Scouts, and the Boy Scouts. 
At the services in front of the Town Hall Rev. Justin J. Hartman offered 
prayer, and wreaths were placed on the respective monuments in honor of 
all the deceased veterans of all of Acton of all wars. The Parade proceeded 
to the Woodlawn Cemetery where similar services were held with the Rev. 
Dean Starr offering prayers. 

From Woodlawn Cemetery the parade was transported in buses to South 
Acton for the next segment of the Parade. The Parade re-formed in the 
South Acton Shopping Center parking lot and marched along Main Street to 
Quimby Square. 

In Quimby Square a wreath was placed in honor of Private Howard L. 
Quimby who was the first soldier from Acton to give his life in World War I. 
Also a floral spray was cast upon the waters in honor of all Navy and Marine 
Veterans who have given the supreme sacrifice. The Parade proceeded to 
the South Acton Fire House for a coffee break which was served to all the 
marchers by the Junior Guild of the South Acton Congregational Church 
under the chairmanship of its president Mrs. Alberta Knight. 

Once more the parade was transported by buses to the Mt. Hope Ceme- 
tery where a wreath was placed in honor of all veterans who are buried 
there, and the prayer was offered by Rev. J. Gary Campbell. The Parade 
then marched to Edwards Square. 

In Edwards Square the parade formed around the Mead Triangle. A 
wreath was placed in honor of Pvt. Sidney Edwards, and the prayer was 
offered by Rev. Father Charles B. Kearns. At exactly noon the Explorer 
Scouts posted the colors to the top of the mast, and Taps were played 
followed by the singing of the National Anthem lead by Mr. Philip Morrison. 
The ceremony was concluded with the benediction given by Rev. William 
Keech. From noon until 12:20 p.m. Mrs. Philip Morrison played the chimes 
of the West Acton Baptist Church. 

The entire program attendance was estimated at 5,000. 

FLAG DAY 

June 14, 1963 

At The Captain Isaac Davis Monument - 7:00 P.M. 

Highlight of Program 

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION by R. A. Shamel. READING OF THE 
FLAG DAY PROCLAMATION by Richmond Miller. PRESENTATION OF AN 
AMERICAN FLAG by Clark McElvein to Officer Norman Roche, one of Ac- 
ton' s decorated veterans, in appreciation of his services to our Country and 
as Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led 
by Dr. Francis McDonald, Concord Citizen of the Year 1963. HISTORY OF 
THE ISAAC DAVIS TRAIL MARCH AND OF THE SCROLL AWARDS by Mrs. 
Robert Hunt. PRINCIPAL ADDRESS by Dr. Richard Walden Hale, Jr. 



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distinguished Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. PRESENTA- 
TION OF AWARDS to original group of Boy Scouts of Troop 1 who under the 
leadership of Scoutmaster Ivan Wold, were first in recent times to march 
over the Isaac Davis Trail on Patriots Day. AWARD OF ISAAC DAVIS 
TRAIL SCROLL by Mr. Charles MacPherson and by Mrs. Robert Hunt to 
Charles Randriamasimanana, exchange student from Madagascar. AWARDS 
OF SCROLLS TO THE ACTON MINUTEMEN by Mrs. Robert Hunt. AWARD 
OF SCROLL TO MISS KRISTINA KNIPPEL representing all other who 
marched over the trail. SERVICE AWARDS FOR ASSISTANCE IN PUBLIC 
CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS by Mr. Raymond Shamel. 

PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY MEMORIAL SERVICE 

OLD NORTH BRIDGE 
November 25, 1963 - 12 O'clock Noon 

The Acton Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee on invitation 
received through Dr. Francis McDonald cooperated with the Concord In- 
dependent Battery in arranging a solemn and impressive memorial service 
at 12 o'clock noon at the Old North Bridge. Acton's Selectmen, The Acton 
Minutemen, all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their affiliated organizations, 
the veterans organizations, and as many others as could be appropriately 
contacted in the short time available, were invited to attend. The Ceremony 
took place simultaneously with the funeral services being held in Washington 
for the slain President. The twenty one gun salute, fired at three minute 
intervals, was proceeded by a moment of silent prayer and concluded by 
"taps" played by Albert Christiansen. The 100% participation of The Acton 
Minutemen led by Col. Walter Johnson as a memorable and impressive part 
of the ceremony. Chairman of Selectmen, Mr. Charles MacPherson actively 
participated in the firing of the twenty one gun salute. Almost all Acton Boy 
Scout and Girl Scout Organizations were represented as was the Edwards - 
Quimby Post of The American Legion. Mrs. Robert Hunt represented Ac- 
ton's Captain Isaac Davis Chapter of the D.A.R. Major General Otis Whitney 
and Dr. Francis McDonald were among the distinguished participants. The 
Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee was represented by Chair- 
man Raymond Shamel and by Mr. Clark McElvein who also represented the 
U.S. Naval Reserve. 

It was the fourth occasion on which these cannon had fired a salute for a 
slain President, (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy) and was indeed 
an impressive memorial service and a tribute long to be remember by all 
who attended. 

CONCLUSION 

The Committee is most appreciative of the enthusiastic support which 
has again in '63 led to record breaking attendance at Acton's Public Cere- 
monies and Celebrations. We are indeed grateful for the outpouring of co- 
operation and goodwill from the many many individuals and organizations 
that willingly and generously gave their time and effort in assuming the re- 
sponsibility for the projects both large and small yet each of great impor- 
tance to the smooth and successful operation of a Public Ceremony or 
Celebration. To illustrate, as but one example, the Patriots Day Band 
Breakfast involved the organization of a sizeable task force, planning a 
menu, arranging for physical facilities, buying needed food and supplies, 
critical timing, cooking, serving, cleaning up afterwards, and writing a 
report which includes accounting for expenses and making recommendations 
for better operations on the following year. A big job, and yet like so many 
others, it was completed and the willing workers were gone before any 



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official "thank you" could be brought to them, or even all of the helpers 
identified. When one considers the many projects, like the special plantings 
(Acton Garden Club), the receptions and refreshments (Acton Women's Club), 
the innumerable services of The Boy Scouts and Explorers, the planting of 
hundreds of geraniums and placing of flags (Acton Cemetery Commission), 
serving of the Memorial Day Marchers (South Acton Congregational Church 
Junior Guild) to mention only a few, one can understand our pride in the 
wonderful, cooperative, and public spirited people of our town, and our deep 
appreciation which is certainly echoed by all who enjoyed our Acton Pro- 
grams. 

We specifically want to thank for their wholehearted cooperation, our 
Selectmen, Mr. Charles MacPherson, Mr. Arthur Lee, and Mr. Lawrence 
Donnelly, The Public Schools, Mr. Limberakis and the wonderful ABRHS 
Band, and the Acton Police and Fire Departments and The Acton Cemetery 
Commission. The Acton Highway Department has done a splendid job in 
having our streets and public lawns in perfect order for every Public 
Celebration. 

The Committee is appreciative of the cooperation received from all 
media of news dissemination in giving generous advance publicity and 
excellent reporting in both words and pictures, which now has become part 
of Acton's history and has spread the knowledge of Acton's historic impor- 
tance and patriotic enthusiasm over a wide area. Our thanks to Mr. Earle 
Tuttle, Publisher; Mr. Frederick Capone, Editor of The Beacon; Mr. Jason 
Korell, Editor of The Concord Free Press; Mr. Rudolph Currier, Editor of 
The Acton Enterprise; and to all of their able reporters and photographers, 
and to Mrs. Robert Wylie, Columnist, and to Mr. Ira Kaiser, free-lance 
photographer for all of their assistance. 

The Committee is pleased to disclose that Acton's Public Ceremonies 
and Celebrations have been noticed by The Freedom Foundation which is 
headed by Admiral Arleigh Burke, ex-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and 
other notable Americans. We have been advised that The Freedom Founda- 
tion is considering Acton, among many others, for a Freedom Foundation 
AwardI To be even a candidate for this great honor is in itself an honor 
which reflects the quality and quantity of the cooperation for which the 
Committee is indeed grateful. 

The Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee was sorry to lose 
a most capable member, Mr. Richmond Miller, Jr. who was transferred to 
California in August. Mr. Miller's place has been aptly filled by Mr. Carl 
He din. 

Plans for '64 include greater cooperation with surrounding towns and 
improved programs. 

Respectfully submitted> 

Acton's Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee 

LOWELL CRAM 

RUSSELL HAYWARD, Secretary 

CARL HEDIN 

CLARK McELVEIN 

PERCY WOOD 

RAYMOND SHAME L, Chairman 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 127 

REPORT OF THE RECREATION COMMISSION 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Recreation Commission was very pleased with the support given it 
by the town last year in its attempt to acquire and equip the new tennis courts 
at the Blanchard Auditorium site. These courts were received with great en- 
thusiasm by the townspeople, and the courses of instruction initiated last year 
for children were over-subscribed and greatly enjoyed by all who partici- 
pated. It is our intention to make these instructional periods available again 
this year, and we hope to continue them as long as they are merited. 

Considerable attention was given to improving what few recreational 
areas the town has during the past year, and the following were accomplished 
through the splendid co-operation of Allen Nelson and the Street Department. 
New drinking fountains were installed at the three existing playgrounds of a 
permanent pedestal type, and the grounds of Gardiner Field in West Acton, 
and Goward Field in Acton Center were improved by grading and re-seeding. 
Both of these areas should be greatly improved this coming season, and 
although improvements on the baseball diamond at Jones Field were only be- 
gun, it is hoped to continue this project this year so that it will eventually be 
restored to its former condition. 

Because of unfavorable weather conditions, the ice skating area on 
Charter Road has not been utilized to the extent that we had hoped and planned 
that it might be. The Commission is currently attempting to improve this 
program by acquiring the use of additional areas for ice skating in other sec- 
tions of town, in hopes that more skaters, both young and old, may be better 
served in the coming seasons. 

The members of the Commission feel that too much time is being spent 
by the members administrating the various programs introduced for the use 
of the townspeople and their children. Now that the participating towns are 
being asked to take over the water safety program at Lake Walden, with the 
addition of tennis instruction in the summer program, the playground pro- 
graming, and other recreational activities that we would like to see made 
available in our town, we feel that the time has come when Acton should have 
a full time recreational director during the summer months, and are asking 
for funds this year to establish such a position. 

The time is fast approaching when Acton must have additional recrea- 
tional lands, and a solution for our lack of a water facility for swimming 
purposes must be found. 

By appointing a recreational director to oversee and expand our present 
programs under the direction of the Commission, the members of the Recre- 
ation Commission will be able to spend much needed time developing long 
range plans and solving some of our pressing needs. 

We thank the various departments within the town who have given us the 
needed co-operation during the past year, and especially the voters who have 
supported our efforts. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM J. PHILLIPS 
GLADYS K. MASON 
CHARLES W. PAPPAS 
EDWARD W. FLANNERY 



128 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Honorable Board of Selectmen 

Town Hall 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my report as Sealer of Weights and Measures for the 
year 1963: 

Total number of devices inspected and sealed, 206. Sealing fees 
collected, $156.40. 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE K. HAYWARD 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

REPORT OF THE STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We herewith submit our report for the year 1963. 

On December 31, 1963 there were 444 Street Lights in the Town as 
against 364 when this committee was formed in 1960. 

Throughout the year, new lights have been installed in needed locations 
and in some cases, existing lights have been replaced by higher lumen lamps 
to provide added safety. 

We subscribe to the policy adopted with the formation of the committee 
that new street lights will be installed only at street intersections, dangerous 
curves and locations designated hazardous by the Fire Chief, Police Chief or 
this committee. 

Our suggested budget for 1964 includes a 3% increase of the 1963 street 
light bill. This 3% figure should not be exceeded unless it is necessary to 
provide lighting in a new mercantile or industrial development. 

We extend to the Board of Selectmen our sincere appreciation for their 
cooperation during the year 1963. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOSEPH F. BUSHELL 
BYRD D. GOSS 
LESLIE F. PARKE 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit a report of the activities of the Highway Department of 
the Town of Acton for the year 1963. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 129 

CHAPTER 90 CONSTRUCTION 

The final phase of the construction on Main Street was completed with a 
course of Type I hot top and berms. The slopes were graded, loamed, and 
seeded, and a sidewalk was constructed from Kelley Road to Massachusetts 
Avenue. The banking at Coughlins was renewed with many tons of field stone 
and old curbing. 

CHAPTER 90 MAINTENANCE 

Hot top and treated stone were placed on a portion of North Main Street. 
Hot top and oil seal were applied on portions of Pope Road and School Street. 
These roads were scraped, patched, and swept before the final work was 
completed. 

CHAPTER 81 

The following streets were scraped, patched, and swept before being re- 
surfaced with asphalt and sand: 

Cherokee Road Minuteman Road * 

Lilac Court Brook Street 

Railroad Street Kinsley Road 

Mohawk Drive Sioux Street 

Seneca Road Arlington Street (Part) *- 

Seminole Road Homestead Street 

Quaboag Road Birch Ridge Road (Part) ** . 

Oneida Road Cherry Ridge Road ** 

Algonquin Road Juniper Ridge Road *.* 

Huron Road Woodbury Lane * 

Agawam Road Strawberry Hill Road (Part) * 

* Indicates streets which were mixed in place. 
** Indicates streets which were mixed in place, then 
oiled and sanded. 

Hammond Street, Forest Road, and portions of Minot and Robbins Streets 
were graveled and graded. 

DRAINAGE 

The drainage problem is an endless one. With the great increase in 
building, water that previously went its own way into the fields and meadows 
now finds its way into catch basins. Our largest drainage project this past 
year was the second phase on Central Street and Church Street. In 1964 we 
hope to finish this project and to include Pearl Street. Well over 650 catch 
basins and drop inlets were cleaned during the course of the summer. 

BETTERMENTS 

North, South, and Cross Streets were reconstructed under the provisions 
of the Betterments Act. This included the installation of a drainage system 
in addition to the resurfacing. 

SIGNS AND LINES 

Speed limit signs were placed on Newtown Road. This year one and two 
hour parking signs were installed in West Acton, and "No parking on this 
side" signs were placed on Spruce Street. In addition, many signs were re- 
paired and repainted. Approximately twelve miles of center lines were re- 
painted. The Lions Club donated the green paint for the crosswalks through- 
out the town. 



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ARTICLES 

A new municipal parking lot was constructed by the Highway Department 
in the rear of the West Acton Fire Station. The Department also prepared 
the site for the new tennis court. 

DISPOSAL AREA 

The Town Disposal Area under the supervision of Arthur Conquest has 
operated very successfully. During the year a new roadway was bulldozed to 
the base of the area, allowing more room to excavate gravel. Since Novem- 
ber the area has been closed on Sundays, and this has proved satisfactory. 

CARE OF GROUNDS 

The Town Commons and playgrounds were maintained, and the roadsides 
were all cut. 

EQUIPMENT 

Equipment added to the Highway Department during the year included a 
Gallion Roller, a Baughman sand spreader, a Frink snow plow, and a cement 
mixer. All pieces of equipment have proven satisfactory. 

This brings us to the question of the annual Highway Department budget 
and its share in the overall picture of the Town's budget. In 1952 the Highway 
Department spent a total of $61,752 (8.7% of Town budget) for all its main- 
tenance work with a crew of five men. The Town's population was about 
3,600 with 51.70 miles of road. 

Ten years later, the Highway Department spent $99,815, representing 
only 4.6 To of the Town budget. The Town's population had grown to 8,000 with 
73.15 miles of road. The Highway budget in these ten years has decreased in 
comparison to the town budget, the population, and the road mileage. Even 
though recent roads were built to good standards, we cannot affort to neglect 
their continued maintenance just as we must improve existing old roads in 
order to make them safer for the heavier traffic that has resulted. 

Thus, it is inevitable that the Highway Department will need more equip- 
ment in the near future including a new truck, a street sweeper, a com- 
pressor, and a backhoe which could be used not only in the summer but also 
for snow removal operations. 

It now appears that much of the land now occupied by the Highway Depart- 
ment is going to be used for the new addition to the Library. Buildings will 
have to be taken down or moved so that there will be room for Library park- 
ing and landscaping. It may be necessary to relocate the Highway Department 
in a new area should the additional Library facilities require too much of the 
present Highway Department land. 

In closing, I wish to express my appreciation for the patience and coop- 
eration from the Board of Selectmen and the entire Highway Department 
personnel. In addition, my thanks to the Fire Chief, the South and West 
Water District, the Engineering Department, and members of the Police 
Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALLEN NELSON 

Superintendent of Streets 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 131 

REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We herewith submit our report for the year 1963. Clearing of under- 
brush and fallen trees from the fire lanes in both Town Forest areas was 
done this year. In addition, an area surrounding a water hole in the Durkee 
lot was cleared of dead trees and underbrush to facilitate fire control. 

Boy Scout groups are now using both Town Forest areas for camping 
and other woodcraft activities. 

Mr. William Kazokas has graciously offered the town the use of a strip 
of his land for a right of way from Arlington Street to the Durkee lot. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EMERY NELSON 
ARNO H. PERKINS 
FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 

Town Forest Committee 

REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report of the year 1963. Our tree planting pro- 
gram was started in April this year. Over 50 trees were planted at this time, 
with the remainder of our planting done in October. Most of these trees were 
planted on private property due to better growing conditions there. 

Dead wood and low hanging branches on trees along several streets were 
removed this year. A number of weak and diseased trees were removed. In 
addition to these the department removed several trees on recommendation 
of the Safety Officer. 

Stumps were ground down below the street level where they extended onto 
the traveled way. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Tree Warden 

REPORT OF THE VETERANS' AGENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen 

Town Hall 

Acton, Massachusetts 

This department has again had an extremely busy year aiding Veterans 
and their dependents with hospitalization and pensions. 

Our case load has dropped from the same period last year, but applica- 
tions have been on the increase with the majority being settled in other cities 
and towns throughout the Commonwealth. 

The Pension Law for Veterans' widows was changed in 1960 and I am 
sure that there are widows within the town who are not aware of this. They 



132 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

may be eligible for more benefits than they are now receiving, or there may 
be widows who are not receiving any Veterans' Widow pension that are eligi- 
ble. If there are any questions pertaining to this subject or any other Veter- 
ans' problems please contact me at the Town Hall Tuesday evenings from 
7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. 

My gratitude to the Board of Health, Police and other departments, who 
have given so kindly their time and knowledge in assisting this department 
with various investigations. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IAN M. MOTT 

Veterans' Agent 

Director of Veterans' Services 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Submitted herewith is the report of the Board of Public Welfare for the 
year 1963: 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

We have aided 42 cases under this category. 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE AGED 

This has been a very active category with both sustained aid throughout 
the year or temporary assistance during hospitalizations. Altogether 42 per- 
sons have received some form of medical aid. 

AID TO FAMILIES OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

10 families with a total of 24 children have been assisted. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE 

6 persons have had assistance. 

GENERAL RELIEF 

This category has been used a great deal both for temporary cash aid, 
help with medical bills and occasional food orders. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure for the year 1963 
and the estimated expenditures for 1964: 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE: 

Amount paid to Acton residents: $40,083.35 

Amount paid to Acton cases elsewhere: 639.05 $40,722.40 

Federal share $23,014.00 

State share 13,661.56 

Receipts from other towns 587.96 37,263.52 



Net cost to Acton: " $ 3,458.88 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 133 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE AGED: 

Amount paid to Acton residents: $25,037.56 

Federal share $12,064.83 

State share 8,698.22 20,763.05 

Net cost to Acton $ 4,274.51 

AID TO FAMILIES OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN: 

Amount paid to Acton families: $11,894.70 

Federal share $ 6,020.50 

State share 3,991.57 10,012.07 



Net cost to Acton $ 1,882.63 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE: 

Amount paid to Acton residents: $11,685.80 

Federal share $ 2,325.00 

State share 6,144.15 8,469.15 



Net cost to Acton $ 3,216.65 

GENERAL RELIEF: 

Amount paid to Acton residents: $ 2,182.98 

Estimated recovery from other towns: 467.80 

Net Cost to Acton $ 1,715.18 

Recovery from Lien under OLD AGE ASSISTANCE $ 585.75 

Acton share of NASHOBA DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION $ 1,800.00 

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE FOR 1964 

Public Assistance $45,000.00 

ACTON share of Nashoba District 1,500.00 

Board Members' Salaries 100.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
LOSSIE E. LAIRD 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 

REPORT OF THE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

For the year ending December 31, 1963 there were six accidents reported 
from the following departments: 

Acton School Department 3 

Highway Department 3 

All of these required medical attention and all have been settled satisfactorily. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THERON A. LOWDEN 

Compensation Agent 



134 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 135 



SECTION E 

REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 136 

BALANCE SHEET 154 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 143 

ASSESSOR'S REPORT 159 

STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 136 



136 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a summary of 
the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance Sheet of the 
Town on December 31, 1963. 

The 1964 amortization for the bonded indebtedness of the Town, and 
Acton's share of the Regional School District bond amortization are: 

South Acton Fire House $ 12,000.00 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 15,000.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition 15,000.00 

Florence Merriam Elementary School 45,000.00 

Regional School District 42,370.00 

$129,370.00 

The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the School 
Cafeteria have been verified and I have reviewed the various trust funds in 
the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DONALD O. NYLANDER 
Town Accountant 



STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Mr. Charles D. MacPherson, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and accounts of the 
town of Acton for the fiscal year 1962, made in accordance with Chapter 44, 
General Laws. This is in the form of a report rriade to me by Mr. William 
Schwartz, Assistant Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

ARTHUR H. MacKINNON 

Director of Accounts 
AHM:gbs 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 137 

Mr. Arthur H. MacKinnon 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Sir: 

In accordance with your instructions, I have made an audit of the books 
and accounts of the town of Acton for the fiscal year 1962, and submit the 
following report thereon: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the several 
departments receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing bills 
for collection, were examined and checked with the records of the town 
treasurer and the town accountant. 

The books of the town accountant were examined and checked in detail. 
The receipts, as recorded, were checked with the available departmental 
records and with the treasurer's books, while the payments were compared 
with the treasurer's cash book and with the selectmen's warrants. The ap- 
propriations and transfers, as entered, were checked with the town clerk's 
record of town meeting votes and with the finance committee's records of 
transfers authorized from the reserve fund. 

An analysis was made of the ledger accounts, a trial balance was taken 
off, and a balance sheet, which is appended to this report, was prepared show- 
ing the financial condition of the town on December 31, 1962. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The cash book additions were verified, and the recorded receipts 
were compared with the town accountant's books, with the records of the 
several departments collecting money for the town, and with other sources 
from which money is paid into the town treasury. The recorded payments 
were checked with the selectmen's warrants authorizing the treasurer to dis- 
burse town funds and with the accountant's records. 

The cash balance on February 12, 1963 was proved by reconciliation of 
the bank balances with statements furnished by the banks of deposit. 

The payments on account of maturing debt and interest were verified by 
comparison with the amounts falling due and were checked with the cancelled 
bonds and coupons on file. The outstanding coupons were listed and recon- 
ciled with the amount on deposit for their payment, as shown by a statement 
furnished by the depository. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the investment of 
the several trust and investment funds in the custody of the town treasurer 
and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund were examined and listed. 
The income was proved, the transfers to the town were verified, and all 
transactions and balances were checked with the records of the town treas- 
urer and town accountant. 

The records of payroll deductions on account of Federal and State taxes, 
the county and teachers' retirement systems, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 
and group insurance were examined and checked, and the payments to the 
proper agencies were verified, while the balances, as shown on the employ- 
ees' records, were listed and reconciled with the accountant's ledger accounts. 

The records of tax titles and tax possessions held by the town were ex- 
amined. The reported redemptions were checked with the treasurer's cash 



138 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

book, and the tax titles and tax possessions on hand were listed, reconciled 
with the accountant's ledger, and checked with the records at the Registry of 
Deeds. 

The books and accounts of the tax collector were examined and checked. 
The taxes, excise, and assessments outstanding at the time of the previous 
examination, together with all subsequent commitment lists, were audited and 
compared with the warrants issued for their collection. The collections, as 
recorded, were compared with the payments to the treasurer, the recorded 
abatements were proved with the assessors' records of abatements granted, 
and the outstanding accounts were listed and reconciled with the respective 
controlling accounts in the accountant's ledger. 

The records of departmental accounts receivable were examined. The 
payments to the treasurer were verified, and the outstanding accounts were 
listed and reconciled with the accountant's ledger accounts. 

Further verification of the outstanding tax, excise, and departmental ac- 
counts was made by mailing notices to a number of persons whose names ap- 
peared on the books as owing money to the town, the replies received thereto 
indicating that the accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The assessors' records of apportioned street betterment assessments 
were examined. The amounts added to the tax levy of 1962 and the payments 
in advance were verified, and the apportionments due in future years were 
listed and reconciled with the respective accounts in the town accountant's 
ledger. 

The financial records of the town clerk were examined and checked. The 
recorded receipts on account of dog, sporting and town licenses, as well as 
from miscellaneous permits and charges, were checked, and the payments to 
the treasurer and to the Division of Fisheries and Game were verified. The 
cash balance on February 12, 1963 was proved by actual count of the cash in 
the office. 

The surety bonds filed by the several town officials for the faithful per- 
formance of their duties were examined and found to be in proper form. 

The available records of departmental cash collections by the board of 
selectmen and the sealer of weights and measures, as well as by the police, 
fire, health, school, library, and cemetery departments, and by all other 
departments in which money was collected for the town, were examined and 
checked. The recorded collections were compared with the payments to the 
treasurer, and the cash on hand in the several departments, including petty 
cash advances, was proved by actual count. 

There are appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, 
tables showing reconciliations of the treasurer's and town clerk's cash, 
summaries of the tax, excise, assessment, tax title, tax possession, and de- 
partmental accounts, as well as schedules showing the condition and trans- 
actions of the several trust and investment funds. 

During the progress of the audit cooperation was received from the 
several town officials, for which, on behalf of my assistants and for myself, 
I wish to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ 

Assistant Director of Accounts 
WS:gbs 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 139 

BALANCE SHEET 

December 31, 1962 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash: 

General $417,705.20 

Advances for Petty: 

School General $ 20.00 

School Lunch Program 50.00 



Accounts Receivable: 






70.00 



Taxes: 

Levy of 1958: 

Personal Property $ 312.00 

Real Estate 19.50 

Levy of 1959: 

Personal Property 300.00 

Real Estate 63.75 

Levy of 1960: 

Poll 2.00 

Personal Property 380.00 

Real Estate 2,223.00 

Levy of 1961: 

Poll 38.00 

Personal Property 380.00 

Real Estate 10,468.16 

Levy of 1962: 

Poll 220.00 

Personal Property 5,292.28 

Real Estate 39,390.09 59,088.78 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1960 $ 1,056.33 

Levy of 1961 2,674.88 

Levy of 1962 37,059.34 40,790.55 

Tax Title and Possessions: 

Tax Titles $ $466.22 

Possessions 367.73 833.95 

Departmental: 

Fire $ 356.25 

Planning Board 50.00 

Highway 891.64 

General Relief 48.50 

Aid to Dependent Children 778.47 

Old Age Assistance 313.25 

Veterans' Services 2,147.46 

School 271.61 

Cemetery 411.50 5,268.68 

Aid to Highways: 

State $19,525.41 

County 3,002.49 22,527,90 

$546,285.06 



140 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Assessments Not Due: 

Street $ 2,685.86 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

General $313,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

General 550,000.00 $863,000.00 

TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 
Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Treasurer $450,899.57 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 $454,365.11 



LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 



Disability Assistance: 

Administration . . . 37.87 

Assistance 4,806.97 






Payroll Deductions: 

Payroll Taxes $ 601.00 

State Taxes 2,257.69 

County Retirement System 2,016.40 

Teachers' Retirement System 24.75 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield 537.08 

Group Insurance 67.63 $ 5,504.55 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Planning Board . 136.50 

Board of Appeals 5.86 

Contract Bid 1,000.00 

Construction 29.00 1,171.36 

Agency: 

Dog Licenses Due County 206.00 

Tailings: 

Unclaimed Checks. 279.76 



Trust Fund Income: *- 

Cemetery 1,968.61 






Premium on Loans: 

School 60.00 

Federal Grants: 






THE TOWN OF ACTON 141 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration $ 68.12 

Aid 7,503.43 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 210.12 

Assistance 26,269.69 

Medical Assistance for the Aged: 

Administration 39.95 

Assistance 7,627.13 

School: 

Public Law #81-815 819.68 

Public Law #81-874 22,325.05 $ 69,708.01 

Revolving Fund: 

School Lunch 5,642.17 

Appropriation Balances: 

Revenue: 

General $66,420.04 

Non-Revenue: 

School Construction 15,041.56 81,461.60 

Overestimates 1962: 

State: 

Recreation Areas Assessment $ 308.62 

. County: 

Tax 127.50 

Hospital Assessment 1,259.25 1,695.37 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund 3,505.35 

Receipts Reserved for Appropriation: 

Road Machinery 12,196.45 

Reserve Fund - Overlay Surplus 23,448.06 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1958 $ 331.50 

Levy of 1959 363.75 

Levy of 1960 2,605.00 

Levy of 1961 10,886.16 

Levy of 1962 8,853.75 23,040.16 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $40,7 90.55 

Tax Title and Possession 833.95 

Departmental 5,268.68 

Aid to Highway 22,527.90 69,421.08 

Reserve for Petty Cash Advances 70.00 

Surplus Revenue 246,906.53 

$546,285.06 



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DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 



Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue: 
Due in 1963 to 1966, Inclusive 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

School $265,000.00 

Municipal Building 48,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

School 



TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

In Custody of Treasurer: 
Welfare Funds: 

Betsey M. Ball 

Elizabeth White 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial 

School Funds: 

Charlotte Conant 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 

Library Fund: 

Wilde Memorial 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund .... 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care 

Hoit and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Hayward 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Henry L. Raymond Monument 

Henry L. Raymond Care 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 

Frank R. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'NeiL 

Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie F. Wells 

A. B. Conant Family 

Investment Fund: 

Stabilization 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 



$ 2,685.86 



313,000.00 

550,000.00 
$863,000.00 



$ 14,806.06 
27,341.98 
14,264.90 
11,058.29 



4,520.94 
16,587.43 



33,112.72 

10,946.14 
1,091.51 



108,595.79 

671.80 

13,013.97 

1,872.05 

2,541.87 

1,502.53 

99,011.48 

1,124.29 

2,501.47 

1,106.68 

1,153.73 

499.09 

403.85 

2,799.83 

3,348.07 

1,076.66 



75,946.44 



$450,899.57 

3,465.54 
$454,365.11 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 143 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 
January 1, 1963 to December 31, 1963 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

$ $ $ 

Moderator 75.00 

R 60.00 135.00 

Finance Committee 125.00 

R 44.00 169.00 

Selectmen: 

Salaries 1,560.00 1,560.00 

Expense 3,000.00 2,683.15 316.85 

Town Office: 

Clerical Pool - Wages 25,836.70 22,117.63 3,719.07 

Town Counsel 1,250.00 800.00 450.00 

Town Accountant: 

Salary 1,975.00 1,975.00 

Expense 235.00 234.87 .13 

Treasurer* 

Salary 3,240.00 3,240.00 

Expense 965.00 842.19 122.81 

Town Collector: 

Salary 2,715.00 2,715.00 

Expense 1,516.00 1,509.22 6.78 

Assessors: 

Salary 3,640.00 3,640.00 

Expense 793.00 696.42 96.58 

Town Clerk: 

Salary 2,075.00 2,075.00 

Expense 500.00 191.01 308.99 

Elections and Registrations: 

Salaries and Wages 2,500.00 

S 300.00 2,795.17 4.83 

Expense 1,500.00 

S 1,000.00 2,326.62 173.38 

Planning Board: 

Expense 1,350.00 964.10 385.90 

Guarantee Deposits B 136.50 

C 199.55 128.25 207.80 

Board of Appeals: 

Expense 25.00 25.00 

Guarantee Deposits B 5.86 

C 96.00 72.00 29.86 

Archives Committee: 

Expense 75.00 18.50 56.50 

Extra Legal Services 2,000.00 367.90 1,632.10 

Industrial Development: 

Commission 150.00 27.14 122.86 



144 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Engineering Department: 

Salaries and Wages $15,101.85 $14,961.04 $ 140.81 

Expense 2,025.00 1,494.22 530.78 

Conservation Commission 200.00 25.00 175.00 



Total General Government $76,269.46 $67,763.43 $ 8,506.03 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Maintenance: 

Salaries and Wages $ 5,601.00 

R 25.82 $ 5,626.82 

Expense 6,785.00 6,643.46 $ 141.54 



Total Buildings and Grounds $12,411.82 $12,270.28 $ 141.54 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police: 

Salaries and Wages $58,896.00 $57,067.13 $ 1,828.87 

Expense 7,500.00 7,190.25 309.75 

Article 8 - Cruisers 4,000.00 3,992.20 7.80 

Fire: 

Salaries and Wages 20,763.00 

R 700.00 

S 5,500.00 $26,888.52 $ 74.48 
Expense. 11,000.00 

S 2,397.65 13,379.32 18.33 

Article 14 - Full Time Firemen. 23,500.00 S 11,147.65 12,352.35 

Fire Alarm System: 

Salaries and Wages 7,875.00 7,853.91 21.09 

Expense 2,910.00 

S 3,250.00 6,148.73 11.27 

Hydrant Rental 17,600.00 17,600.00 

Article 11 - Water Extension to Dump 200.00 107.50 92.50 

Sealer of Weights & Measures: 

Salary and Travel 365.00 365.00 

Expense ... 90.00 51 01 38.99 

Moth Department: 

Wages 3,969.00 2,083.60 1,885.40 

Expense 1,700.00 1,172.96 527.04 

Town Forest Maintenance 100.00 92.40 7.60 

Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 375.00 50.00 

Tree Warden: 

Wages 3,330.00 1,973.84 1,356.16 

Expense 1,520.00 1,302.05 217.95 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 

Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Wire Inspector: 

Salary and Travel $ 2,000.00 $ 1,910.00 $ 90.00 

Expense 25.00 25.00 

Building Inspector: 

Salary and Travel 4,200.00 

R 1,721.01 5,921.01 

Expense 100.00 97.50 2.50 

Dog Officer: 

Wages and Travel 520.00 520.00 

Building Committee 50.00 

R 239.70 239.70 50.00 

Civil Defense 360.00 336.34 23.66 

Total Protection of Persons S n > 147 - 65 

and Property $186,806.36 $156,667.97 $18,990.74 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Health: 

Salaries: 

Board $ 275.00 $ 275.00 $ --- 

Town Nurse 5,158.00 5,043.22 114.78 

Assistant Nurse 758.00 606.93 151.07 

Agent & Assistant Agent. . . 3,500.00 3,500.00 

Expense: 

Board 1,500.00 

R 300.00 1,754.49 45.51 

Town Nurse 1,210.00 1,210.00 

Medical Supplies 400.00 365.69 34.31 

Laboratory Fees 600.00 600.00 

Hospitals and Sanitoriums 1,000.00 84.00 916.00 

Clinics 2,500.00 2,456.10 43.90 

Garbage 12,650.00 12,650.00 

Inspector of Animals: 

Salary 150.00 150.00 

Expense 30.00 13.05 16.95 

Plumbing Inspectors 2,000.00 1,947.60 52.40 

Mosquito Control 2,500.00 2,312.80 187.20 

Total Health and Sanitation $34,531.00 $32,968.88 $ 1,562.12 

HIGHWAYS 

Village Highways $ 5,300.00 

S 1,721.19 $ 6,985.97 $ 35.22 

Chapter 81 Highways 17,425.00 

G 20,075.00 37,381.79 118.21 



146 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Chapter 90 Highways - Maintenance $ 2,000.00 $ $ 

G 3,000.00 4,975.96 24.04 

Snow Removal 35,250.00 

R 4,925.48 40,175.48 

Traffic Signs & Lines 3,280.00 3,280.00 

Vacations & Holidays 2,814.00 

R 'l77.16 2,991.16 

Highway Machinery: 

Maintenance 7,000.00 

R 2,250.00 

S 500.00 9,628.09 121.91 

Street Lighting 15,750.00 14,981.18 768.82 

Chapter 90 Highways - Construction B 11,626.49 

6,900.00 
G 20,700.00 13,879.42 25,347.07 

Sidewalk Maintenance 800.00 248.96 551.04 

Drainage 13,355.00 13,355.00 

Town Dump 6,685.00 6,636.11 48.89 



Total Highways $181,534.32 $154,519.12 $27,015.20 

CHARITIES 

Welfare District: 

Administration $ 1,800.00 $ 1,800.00 $ 

Welfare Board 

Federal Funds B 210.12 

G 308.17 275.00 243.29 

Disability Assistance B 4,806.97 

G 2,305.00 5,215.07 1,896.90 

Old Age Assistance B 26,269.69 

G 23,179.11 22,523.08 26,925.72 

Aid to Dependent Children B 7,503.43 

G 5,954.37 6,822.11 6,635.69 

Medical Aid B 7,627.13 

G 13,636.53 15,184.46 6,079.20 

Public Assistance 45,000.00 45,000.00 

Total Charities $138,600.52 $ 96,819.72 $41,780.80 

VETERANS' AID 

Veterans' Benefits: 

Aid $ 8,500.00 $ 7,428.67 $ 1,071.33 

Agent's Salary 1,635.00 1,635.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 147 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Agent's Expense. . . . . $ 275.00 $ 256.87 $ 18.13 



Total Veterans' Aid $ 10,410.00 $ 9,320.54 $ 1,089.46 

RECREATION 

Wages $ 1,494.00 $ 1,380.00 $ 114.00 

Expense 600.00 578.88 21.12 

Water Safety Program 600.00 600.00 

Article 35 - Snow Removal 25.00 25.00 



Total Recreation $ 2,719.00 $ 2,583.88 $ 135.12 

EDUCATION 

Instruction: 

Local $384,937.00 $369,274.63 $ 15,662.37 

Regional 335,569.26 335,569.26 

Plant Operation: 

Local 43,355.00 43,355.00 

Regional 38,784.35 38,784.35 

Transportation: 

Local 47,148.00 46,039.00 1,109.00 

Regional 13,790.47 13,790.47 

Non- Instructional Services: 

Local 4,900.00 4,124.49 775.51 

Regional 12,607.48 12,607.48 

General Control: 

Local 11,050.00 10,868.65 181.35 

Regional 11,563.97 11,563.97 

Capital Outlay: 

Local 1,553.00 1,511.58 41.42 

Regional 1,349.36 1,349.36 

Contingency Fund: 

Local 1,000.00 850.02 149.98 

Regional 876.12 876.12 

Other Regional: 

Athletic Fund 11,697.16 11,697.16 

Blanchard Auditorium: 

Local 9,725.00 9,565.78 159.22 

Regional 5,847.66 5,847.66 

Cafeteria B 5,642.17 

C 63,374.85 60,500.84 8,516.18 

Vocational Tuition and 

Transportation 4,500.00 3,252.53 1,247.47 



148 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

School Maintenance 

Federal P L 815 B$ 819.68$ --- $ 819.68 

School Maintenance 

Federal P L 874 B 22,325.05 

G 19,997.00 20,885.25 21,436.80 

McCarthy School Addition: 

Architect A 132.50 

B 3,543.50 A 2,058.93 1,617.07 

Construction B 15,041.56 2,538.00 

A 1,926.43 S 14,000.00 429.99 

1963 Elementary School B 15,000.00 

S u'oooioo 

16,000.00 19,733.66 25,266.34 

Bianchard Auditorium: 

Bleachers 4,300.00 4,292.00 8.00 

Painting Exterior 700.00 700.00 

High School Library 

Fund T 110.00 110.00 



A 2,058.93 
S 14,000.00 
Total Education $1,123,166.57 $1,029,687.26 $77,420.38 

LIBRARIES 

Salaries and Wages $ 9,017.00 $ 8,882.68 $ 134.32 

Expense 2,711.00 2,710.25 .75 

Books B 207.40 

5,310.00 5,313.15 204.25 

Tainter Fund T 769.64 769.64 

Citizen's Library - 

West Acton 1,000.00 999.86 .14 

Operate, Repair and 

Maintain Citizen's Library .. B 256.79 247.00 9.79 

Total Libraries $ 19,271.83$ 18,922.58$ 349.25 

CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages $ 17,613.00 $ 17,209.33 $ 403.67 

Expense 3,000.00 2,969.30 30.70 

Funds: 

Perpetual Care B 504.75 

T 1,500.00 1,024.07 980.68 

Hosmer. B 982.82 

T 1,500.00 1,323.31 1,159.51 

Bianchard B 40.90 

T 25.00 18.60 47.30 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred 

Wetherbee B$ 50.43 $ 

T 100.00 91.58 

Raymond B 73.01 

T 50.00 39.93 

Whitney B 51.26 24.20 

Knowlton . . . . B 44.46 

T 50.00 18.23 

Davis B 54.65 13.05 

Watson B 31.81 

T 50.00 29.20 

Wells B 40.05 

T 25.00 20.30 

Conant B 17.35 

T 25.00 11.50 

Ames B 19.71 

T 25.00 6.40 

Hoit and Scott B 35.51 

T 25.00 9.95 

O'Neill. . . B 21.80 3.20 

Woodlawn Cemetery - 

Article 46, 1962 B 2,000.00 800.00 

Total Cemeteries $27,956.61 $23,612.15 
OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 

Town Reports $ 2,700.00 $ 2,389.92 

Workmen's Compensation 4,000.00 

R 392.99 4,392.99 

Surety Bonds 820.00 653.20 

Group Insurance and Blue 

Cross - Blue Shield 7,200.00 6,797.80 

Fire Insurance - Town Buildings . . 5,500.00 4,970.14 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance. . . 650.00 634.52 

Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance. . 3,200.00 2,851.00 

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations 1,000.00 943.36 

Miscellaneous 500.00 475.32 

Total Other 

Classified Expenses $25,962.99 $24,108.25 

PENSIONS 

Pension Fund $12,274.00 $12,274.00 

Pension Fund Expense 682.01 682.01 

Military Service Fund 7.03 7.03 

Total Pensions $12,963.04 $12,963.04 



149 



Balance 



$ 58.85 

83.08 
27.06 



76.33 
41.60 

52.61 

44.75 

30.85 

38.31 

50.56 
18.60 

1,200.00 

$ 4,344.45 

$ 310.08 

166.80 

402.20 

52 9.86 

15.48 

349.00 

56.64 

24.68 

$ 1,854.74 



150 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS 

McCarthy Elementary School: 

Debt $15,000.00 $15,000.00 

Interest 2,800.00 2,800.00 

New Elementary School: 

Debt 45,000.00 45,000.00 

Interest 22,140.00 22,140.00 

Regional School: 

Debt 42,370.00 42,370.00 

Interest 35,672.50 35,672.50 

McCarthy School Addition: 

Debt 15,000.00 15,000.00 

Interest 1,560.00 1,560.00 

South Fire House: 

Debt 12,000.00 12,000.00 

Interest 1,200.00 1,200.00 

Anticipation of Revenue: 
Notes: 

Interest . 600.00 

R 747.55 1,344.52 $ 3.03 

Miscellaneous Interest 100.00 100.00 

Total Amortization of Debt ~ 

and Interest Requirements $194190.05 $194,087.02 $ 103.03 

SPECIAL ARTICLES 

Article 44, 1963 Compilation 

of By-Laws $ 2,500.00 $ --- $ 2,500.00 

Article 15, 1963 Personnel 

Board Study 550.00 550 00 

Article 28, 1963 Soils Report 

& Soils Map 900.00 897.91 2.09 

Article 53, 1962 

Assessors Map 1,924.18 74.45 1,849.73 

Article 29, 1963 Tennis Courts. . . . 9,100.00 

R 380.32 9,480.32 

Article 51, 1962 Gas Disposal Unit . 250.00 250.00 

Article 50, 1962 Offices - Town Hall B 4,015.00 

R 2,350.00 6,365.00 

Article 23, 1963 Office Furniture 

& Equipment 1,200.00 1,198.26 1.74 

Article 49, 1963 Monument Lighting. 440.00 440.00 

Article 3, 1963 Police Station - 

Land 5,000.00 4,900.00 100.00 

Article 4, 1963 Police Station - 

Architect 3,000.00 3,000.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 151 

Appropriated 

or 

Available 

Article 58, 1962 Fire Alarm 

Extension - Martin Street $ 4,400.00 

Article 37, 1963 Emergency- 
Generator - South Station 1,950.00 

Article 60, 1962 Hydrant - 

Pope Road 1,000.00 

Article 64, 1962 Protective 
Equipment - Auxiliary- 
Fire Department 435.00 

Article 39, 1963 Fire Alarm 

Circuit Split and Extension. . . . 4,935.00 

Article 47, 1963 Parking Area 

West Station 1,650.00 

Article 15, 1960 Building Comm. 

South Station B 1,041.86 

Article 4, 1963 Gas Inspector 500.00 

Article 29, 1960 Town Dump 

Addition 1,000.00 

Article 8, 1963 Arlington 

Street, etc., Constr S 10,963.30 

Article 26, Street Betterments .... 8,000.00 

Article 40, 1963 Parker Street 

Intersection 1,200.00 

Article 45, 1963 Roller 3,000.00 

Article 46, 1963 Snow Plow 850.00 

Article 48, 1963 Cement Mixer .... 500.00 

Article 61, 1963 Sidewalk 

Main Street 2,200.00 

Article 4, 1962 Tank and Pump .... 250.00 

Article 5, 1962 Sand Spreader 1,800.00 

Article 51, 1963 Parking Signs 

West 365.00 

Article 64, 1963 Speed Limit Signs 

High Street 310.00 

Article 29, 1961 Martin Street 

Culvert 2,500.00 

Article 37, 1962 Sidewalk 

Main Street B 863.85 

Article 65, 1963 Citizens' Library. . 533.00 

Article 63, 1963 Bodily Injury 

Liability Insurance 7 50.00 

Article 31, 1963 Drinking Fountains. 500.00 

Article 32, 1963 Restoration Base- 
ball Diamond 250.00 250.00 



Disbursed 




or 




Transferred 


Balance 


$ 4,381.80 


$ 18.20 





1,950.00 





1,000.00 





435.00 





4,935.00 


1,645.93 


4.07 


1,041.86 


• 





500.00 





1,000.00 


607.00 


10,356.30 


6,411.59 


1,588.41 





1,200.00 


2,850.00 


150.00 


850.00 





475.00 


25.00 


2,200.00 


- — 


250.00 





1,755.18 


44.82 


329.89 


35.11 





310.00 





2,500.00 


666.61 


197.24 


530.90 


2.10 





750.00 


415.98 


84.02 



152 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Article 33, 1963 Goward Field .... $ 236.00 $ 236.00 $ 

Article 34, 1963 Gardiner Field . . . 2,835.00 2,835.00 

Stabilization Fund 92,500.00 

R 300.00 92,800.00 



Total Special Articles $179,227.51 $144,688.68 $ 34,538.83 

A 2,058.93 
. S 25,147.65 

Total of all Departmental Items $2,226,021.08 $1,980,982.80 $217,831.70 



AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency: 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts $ 1,290.03 

State Parks and Reservations . . 3,630.01 

Middlesex County Tax 20,843.81 

Middlesex County Hospital 

Assessment 5,324.91 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 2,236.25 

Federal Withholding Taxes. . . . 98,704.15 

State Withholding Taxes 9,020.41 

Massachusetts Hospital Service 6,292.02 

Middlesex County Retirement 

Association 12,856.84 

Massachusetts Teachers' 

Retirement Fund 18,104.62 

Acton Teachers' Insurance. . . . 732.10 

Acton Employee Life Insurance 726.60 

Collector - Petty Cash 50.00 

Trust: 

Conservation 13,539.70 

Charity 1,316.85 

Cemeteries 5,950.00 

Firemen's Relief Fund 289.00 

Library 1,000.00 

Trust Fund Income 13,961.78 

Refunds: 

Taxes 12,137.45 

Board of Health 30.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 153 

Disbursed 

or 

Transferred 

Building Permits $ 43.50 

Guarantee Deposits 1,000.00 

Anticipation of Revenue Note 225,000.00 

Bond Forfeiture - Acton Develop- 
ment Corporation 834.75 

Total Agency and Trust $ 454,864.78 

Grand Total of all Cash Disbursements $2,435,897.58 

Treasurer's Report - Paid 

Selectmen's Orders for 1963 . . . $2,436,844.47 

Less - Checks Canceled 946.89 

Net Payments, as above , t $2,435,897.58 



KEY TO ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS 

A - Audit adjustments 

B - Balance from previous year 

C - Cash receipts 

G - Grants from Federal, State and County funds 

R - Reserve Fund transfers 

S - Transfer authorized at Special Town Meetings 

T - Trust Fund transfers 



154 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



BALANCE SHEET 
December 31, 1963 

ASSETS 



Cash: 

General Funds 

Petty Cash Funds 

Accounts Receivable: 

Taxes 

Levy of 1958 

Personal Property .... 

Levy of 1959 

Personal Property .... 

Levy of 1960 

Personal Property .... 

Levy of 1961 

Real Estate $ 23.56 

Poll 6.00 

Personal Property .... 342.00 

Levy of 1962 

Real Estate 2,171.15 

Poll 24.00 

Personal Property .... 123.00 

Levy of 1963 

Real Estate 40,641.55 

Poll 112.00 

Personal Property .... 4,577.45 

Motor Vehicle Excise: 

Levy of 1960 

Levy of 1961 

Levy of 1962 

Levy of 1963 

Tax Titles 

Tax Possessions 

Departmental: 

Recreation 

Citizens' Library 

Planning Board 

School 

Veterans' Aid 

Old Age Assistance 

Aid to Dependent Children . . 

General Relief 

Cemetery 

Highway 

Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 



$394,044.32 

120.00 $394,164.32 



312.00 
300.00 
380.00 

371.56 

2,318.15 



45,331.00 


49,012.71 


1,020.62 




1,345.78 




2,281.12 




43,904.21 


48,551.73 


628.07 




367.73 


995.80 


77.50 




11.00 




50.00 




166.61 




3,859.71 




447.72 




1,476.67 




362.77 




421.50 




891.64 


7,765.12 


23,132.32 




2,828.66 


25,960.98 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Under-estimates - 1963 Assessments: 
Middlesex County Tax 
State Parks 



$ 



155 



100.00 
398.77 $ 



499.47 



$526,950.13 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
Apportioned Street Assessments not Due 

LOAN AUTHORIZED - NOT ISSUED 
New Elementary School 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 



Net Funded or Fixed Debt. 



$ 2,014.28 



$800,000.00 



$776,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 



Trust Funds - Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer . . . 
In custody of Trustees 



$576,140.88 
3,465.44 



LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $ 74.40 

State Taxes 2,301.89 

Massachusetts Hospital 

Medical Service 542.98 

Middlesex County 

Retirement System 1,084.71 

Group Life Insurance 68.16 $ 4,072.14 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals 24.00 

Planning Board 71.30 95.30 

Unclaimed Checks 27 9.76 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances Unexpended: 
Cemetery: 

Perpetual Care $ 980.68 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 1,159.51 

Luke Blanchard 47.30 

J. Roland Wetherbee 58.85 

Georgia Whitney 27.06 

Hoit and Scott 50.56 

Henry S. Raymond 83.08 

Frank Knowlton 76.33 

Robert I. Davis 41.60 

Sarah A. Watson 52.61 



156 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Carrie F. Wells 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

A. B. Conant 

Library: 

Wilde Memorial 

Federal Grants: 

Welfare Administration 

Old Age Assistance 

Medical Aid for Aged Persons . . 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Disability Assistance 

Public Law 815 - School 

Public Law 874 - School 

Revolving Fund - School Department: 
Cafeteria 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 
Article 44 Compilation of 

Town By-laws 

Article 39 (1958) Archives 

Committee 

Article 6 (1960S) Conservation 

Commission 

Article 3 (1963S) Police Station 

- Land 

Article 4 (1963S) Police Station 

- Architect 

Article 14 Permanent Firemen . 
Article 37 Emergency Generator 

South Fire Station 

Article 60 (1962) Hydrant - 

Pope Road . 

Article 64 (1962) Protective 

Equipment - Aux. Fire Dept. 
Article 39 Fire Alarm Circuit 

Split and Extension 

Article 4 (1963S) Gas Inspector . 
Article 29 (I960) Town Dump 

Addition 

Chapter 90 Construction 

Article 8 (1963S) Construction - 

Arlington, Parker Streets . . 
Article 26 Betterments - 

North, South & Cross Sts. . . 
Article 40 (1962) Parker St. & 

Independence Road 

Article 64 Speed Limit Signs - 

High Street 

Article 29 (1961) Culvert & 

Bridge - Martin Street .... 
Julia McCarthy School Addition 

Construction 

New Elementary School - 

Building Committee 

Article 5 (1963S) Library 

Addition 



44.75 
38.31 
18.60 
30.85 

204.25 $ 2,914.34 



243.29 

26,925.72 

6,079.20 

6,635.69 

1,896.90 

819.68 

21,436.80 



2,500.00 

1,000.00 

200.00 

100.00 

3,000.00 
12,352.35 

1,950.00 

1,000.00 

435.00 

4,935.00 
500.00 

1,000.00 
25,347.07 

10,356.30 

1,588.41 

1,200.00 

310.00 

2,500.00 

429.99 

25,26&.34 

5,000.00 



64,037.28 



8,516.18 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Article 46 (1962) Woodlawn 

Cemetery 

Article 23 (1955) Mount Hope 

Oiling 

Article 17 (1959) Mount Hope 

Clearing & Grading .... 
Article 31 (1960) Cemeteries 

Layout 

Article 63 Public Liability - 

Town Buildings 

Civil Defense (1957S) 

Gonset Rigs 

Civil Defense (1957S) 

Power Unit 

Civil Defense Article 58 

Gonset Rigs 

Cemetery Land Fund 

Road Machinery Fund 

County Dog License Fees 

Court Judgement 

Welfare Recoveries 

Bond Forfeiture 

Revenue reserved until collected: 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 

Tax Titles and Possessions. . 

Departmental . . 

State and County Aid to 

Highways 

Overlays reserved for abatements: 

Levy of 1958 

Levy of 1959 

Levy of 1960 

Levy of 1961 

Levy of 1962 

Levy of 1963 

Overlay Surplus - Reserve Fund . 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds . . . 

Surplus Revenue 



157 



$ 1,200.00 




294.02 




2,000.00 




200.00 




750.00 




625.00 




300.00 




475.00 


$106,814.48 




5,130.35 




14,129.82 




105.25 




2,500.00 




803.45 




81.94 


48,551.73 

995.80 

7,765.12 




25,960.98 


83,273.63 


312.00 
300.00 
380.00 
371.56 
2,318.15 
7,148.07 


10,829.77 




27,078.48 




70.00 




196,217.96 




$526,950.13 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 



Apportioned Street Assessment 
Revenue due 1964 to 1966, 
inclusive 



$ 2,014.28 



LOAN AUTHORIZED - NOT ISSUED 
New Elementary School 



$800,000.00 



158 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 



Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School - 

Florence A. Merriam 

Elementary School - 

Julia McCarthy .... 

Addition to Julia McCarthy 
School 

South Fire Station 

Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School - 

Florence A. Merriam 

Elementary School - 

Julia McCarthy 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 
In custody of Town Treasurer: 

Charity Funds - 

Elizabeth M. White 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Betsy M. Ball 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial . . . 
Cemetery Funds - 

Henry S. Raymond - Monument 

Henry S. Raymond - Care 

Hoit and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Perpetual Care 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Hayward 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 

Frank R. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie F. Wells 

A. B. Conant Family 

Elbridge Jones Robbins 

and Descendants 

Library and Educational Funds - 

Acton High School 

Wilde Memorial 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Blanchard Foundation 

Conservation Fund - 
Firemen's Relief Funds - 

Acton 

West Acton 

Stabilization Fund 

In custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow 



$150,000.00 

35,000.00 

45,000.00 

36,000.00 $266,000.00 



420,000.00 
90,000.00 



510,000.00 
$776,000.00 



$ 



27,668.96 
14,320.99 
15,399.44 
11,502.35 



1,169. 

2,557. 

673. 

13,439. 

116,468. 

2,620. 

1,562. 

1,949. 

101,532. 

1,154. 

1,153. 

493. 

419. 

2,862. 

3,456. 

1,094. 



63 
57 
85 
20 
27 
61 
96 
79 
07 
05 
18 
91 
88 
90 
73 
88 



1,000.00 

4,590.00 
33,647.43 
17,253.51 

1,000.00 
13,539.70 

11,654.22 

1,128.45 

170,826.35 

$576,140.88 



$ 3,465.54 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



159 



ASSESSORS REPORT - 1963 



To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Taxes Assessed as follows: 

Buildings exclusive of land 

Land 

Personal 

TOTAL VALUATION 

Valuation - January 1, 1962 

Increase in Valuation 

Rate of Taxation - $83.00 per $1,000 
Real Estate 
Personal Estate 
Polls 

TOTAL TAXES ASSESSED 

Amount of Money Raised: 

State Parks and Reservations 

State Audit and Municipal Accounts 

County Tax 

Tuberculosis Hospital Grant 

Town Grant 

Overlay 



$1,211,340.54 

100,537.52 

4,670.00 



$ 3,231.24 

1,290.03 

20,743.11 

5,324.91 

1,255,958.37 

30,000.40 



$13,203,310.00 
1,391,150.00 
1,211,295.00 

$15,805,755.00 

14,179,725.00 

$ 1,626,030.00 



$ 1,316,548.06 



$ 1,316,548.06 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 
Number of Vehicles Assessed - 
Commissioner's Value of Motor 



5620 



Vehicles and Trailers 
Rate of Excise - $66.00 
Total Excise 
Added Excise of 1962 
Number of Vehicles - 

Added Excise - 232 
Value of Vehicles - Added Excise 
Recommitted Excise 1961 & 1962 
Number of Vehicles (Recommitted 

Excise) 14 
Value of Vehicles (Recommitted 

Excise) 



$4,070,000.00 

232,888.53 
4,713.25 



246,785.00 
364.46 



6,650.00 



Respectfully submitted, 

DEWEY E. BOATMAN 
CARL FLINT 
CARL R. GODFREY 



Board of Assessors 



160 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 161 



SECTION F 

TOWN OFFICERS 162 

APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN 164 

REVISED JURY LIST 169 

FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 171 



162 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



TOWN OFFICERS 



MODERATOR 
James Edward Kinsley 



SELECTMEN 

Charles D. MacPherson .Term Expires 

Lawrence Donnelly .Term Expires 

Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 



19641 

1965 

19661 



TOWN CLERK 
Charles M. MacRae 



TOWN TREASURER 
Wm. Henry Soar 



ASSESSORS 

Carl C. Flint .Term Expires 1964 

Dewey E. Boatman .Term Expires 1965 

Carl R. Godfrey .Term Expires 1966 



TOWN COLLECTOR 
Wm. Henry Soar 



TREE WARDEN 
Franklin H. Charter 



BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Raymond A. Gallant .Term Expires 1964 

Clinton S. Curtis .Term Expires 1965 

Lossie E. Laird .Term Expires 1966 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Howard F. Jones .Term Expires 1964 

Harry E. Holt .Term Expires 1965 

Harlan E. Tuttle : .Term Expires 1966 



CONSTABLES 



Edward J. Collins, Jr. 
Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. 



T. Frederick S. Kennedy 
David W. Scribner 



TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Roland R. MacLean .Term Expires 1964 

Louise M. Gardiner .Term Expires 1965 

Richard A. Bodge .Term Expires 1966 

LOCAL AND REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEES 

Edwin Ritcher .Term Expires 1964 

Lloyd E. Williamson .Term Expires 1964 

Parker Harrison, Jr .Term Expires 1965 

James W Myers .Term Expires 1965 

M. Virginia Biggy .Term Expires 1966 

Albert W. Koch .Term Expires 1966 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 163 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

-David L. Smith Term Expires 1964 

**Jay S. Grumbling 

Robert C. Heustis Term Expires 1965 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1966 

^Resigned 
**Elected to replace * 

PLANNING BOARD 

William M. Veazey Term Expires 1964 

*Donald E. Donnelly Term Expires 1965 

£** Calvin M. Farns worth 

xxArthur P. Charbonneau 

Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1966 

John H. Loring Term Expires 1967 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1968 

^Resigned xResigned 

^-Elected to replace * xxElected to replace x 



TRUSTEES OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Helen P. Wood Term Expires 1964 

Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1965 

Eleanor P. Wilson Term Expires 1966 



TRUSTEES OF WEST ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

James P. Wilson Term Expires 1964 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1965 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1966 



TRUSTEES OF ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1964 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1965 

Clarence A. Frost Term Expires 1966 



TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1964 

James N. Gates Term Expires 1965 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1966 



TRUSTEES OF 
THE CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF WEST ACTON 

Barbara Nylander Term Expires 1964 

James E. Kinsley Term Expires 1965 

Percival W. Wood Term Expires 1966 



164 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN - 1963 

EXECUTIVE CLERK 
Virginia Milbery 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James R. Brown Term Expires 1964 

Mary K. Hadley Term Expires 1964 

Porter G. Jenks Term Expires 1965 

Charles C. Grandy Term Expires 1965 

Samuel L. Davis. . Term Expires 1966 

Joseph R. O'Neill Term Expires 1966 

BOARD OF APPEALS 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1964 

Craig E. Lundberg . Term Expires 1965 

William C. Sawyer Term Expires 1966 

ASSOCIATES 

Harold F. Nordberg Term Expires 1964 

Herschel N. Hadley Term Expires 1966 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Allen H. Nelson 



REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1964 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1965 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1966 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Officio 



TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1965 

CHIEF OF .FIRE DEPARTMENT 
(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1964 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1965 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1966 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 165 

ELECTION OFFICERS 

PRECINCT I 

Warden -- Irene F. McLaughlin 
Clerk -- Inga Frost 

Inspectors -- Alice H. May, Margaret Schene 
Deputy Warden -- John F. McLaughlin 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 

Deputy Inspectors -- Adelaide G. Cornwall, Marion E. Stevens 
Tellers -- Edna R. Custance, Paul C. Cornwall, Katherine M. Condon, 
Frances Hirsch, Gladys Duston, Olga Andersen 

PRECINCT II 

Warden -- Margaret Larsen 
Clerk -- Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspectors -- Martha I. Lowden, Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Ellen G. Beck 
Deputy Clerk -- Phyllis M. Moyer 

Deputy Inspectors -- Hazel P. Vose, Michael J. Walsh 
Tellers -- Elsie T. Winslow, Nancy Nastasi, Clara Gunzelmann, 
Mabel S. McKelvie, Margaret I. Cullinane, Irene Young 

PRECINCT III 

Warden -- Barbara J. McPhee 
Clerk -- Phyllis K. Sprague 

Inspectors -- Barbara Nylander, Martin J. Duggan 
Deputy Warden -- Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk -- Stanley A. Nedza 

Deputy Inspectors -- Elsie M. Godfrey, Genevieve L. Hatch 
Tellers -- Minnie C. Veasie, Elizabeth H. Gray, Nancy E. Oelschlegel, 
Mary H. Prentice, Esther Perry, Anna G. Mahar 

INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS DOG OFFICER 

Carl W. Flint Carl W. Flint 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
George K. Hayward 

RECREATION COMMISSION 

Gladys K. Mason Term Expires 1964 

William J. Phillips Term Expires 1965 

*Richard H. Murphy Term Expires 196 5 

Charles W. Pappas Term Expires 1966 

Edward W. Flannery Term Expires 1967 

**Edith E. Wylie 

* Re signed 
** Appointed to replace * 



166 



Laurence Hadley 



FENCE VIEWERS 



228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Allan R. Murray 



FIRE ALARM OPERATOR 
Frederic W. Rimbach 



William C. Kazokas 
William J. Durkin, Jr. 



FIELD DRIVERS 



George Kemp 
Norman L. Roche* 



SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
Franklin H. Charter 



BURIAL AGENT 
Ian M. Mott 



VETERANS' AGENT 
Ian M. Mott 



DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' SERVICES 
Ian M. Mott 



INSPECTOR OF WIRES 
Leslie F. Parke 



DEPUTY INSPECTOR OF WIRES 
Lawrence I. Tucker 

POLICE OFFICERS 

*Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief 

*Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 

*David W. Scribner, Sergeant 



* William J. Durkin, Jr. 
*Norman L. Roche 
-Robert A. Bartlett 
-John V. Gregory 
^Robert S. Rhodes 
^Robert P. MacLeod 

Franklin H. Charter 

* Civil Service 



Ray L. Harris 
William S. Kendall, Jr. 
Richard N. Farrell 
James P. Conheaney, Jr. 
T. Frederick S. Kennedy 
Allen H. Nelson 
Carl W. Flint 



WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 
Theron A. Lowden 



DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE 
John F. McLaughlin 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 167 

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE 
Robert F. Guba 

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

William Braman A. W. Davis 

G. Howard Reed Arthur P. Genetti 

Charles Greenough Alan C. Wagner 

Harold Whitney Paul M. Wagner, Jr. 
Robert Greenough 

COUNSEL TO THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
Richard S. McCabe 

ASSOCIATE COUNSEL TO THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Philip A. Wilson 

TOWN ENGINEER 
Fred K. Hanack 

ASSISTANT TOWN ENGINEER 
Lewis L. Bowker, Jr. 

BUILDING INSPECTOR DEPUTY BUILDING INSPECTOR 

Kenneth E. Jewell H. Stuart MacGregor 

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

Warren F. Birch Term Expires 1964 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Term Expires 1965 

Joyce C. Woodhead Term Expires 1966 

TOWN REPORT COMMITTEE 

Louis C. Schwaab Term Expires 1964 

Anne H. Schwarzkopf Term Expires 1965 

Dorothy B. Stonecliffe Term Expires 1966 

PERSONNEL BOARD 

Clyde J. Home Term Expires 1964 

Warren L. Newell Term Expires 1964 

xPeter Gray Term Expires 1965 

*John T. Dargin Term Expires 1965 

William H. Kemp Term Expires 1966 

**Wilbur J. Tolman 

x Deceased ^Resigned **Appointed to replace * 



168 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

Paul H. Lesure Term Expires 1964 

Stephen E. Lord Term Expires 1965 

Allen M. Christofferson Term Expires 1966 

Richard J. O'Neil Term Expires 1967 

Paul M. McPherson Term Expires 1967 

Frederick H. Bubier Term Expires 1968 

TOWN BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Warren W. Wheeler Term Expires 1964 

Arnold H. Mercier. Term Expires 1965 

*Kenneth E Jewell Term Expires 1966 

--Lloyd W. Priest 

*Edward L. Morrill Term Expires 1967 

--Joseph S. Cobb 

^Resigned **Appointed to replace * 

INSURANCE COMMITTEE 

Thomas Motley, II Theron A. Lowden 

Raymond Gallant Charles M. MacRae 



David Tinker 



PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE 






Raymond A. Shamel Term Expires 1964 

Russell Hayward Term. Expires 1964 

Lowell H. Cram Term Expires 1965 

Clark C. McElvein .,..,.,.,... Term Expires 1965 

*Richard P. Miller, Jr Term Expires 1966 

*-Carl A. Hedin 

Percival W. Wood Term Expires 1966 

^Resigned **Appointed to replace * 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

John A. Jefferies, Jr Term Expires 1964 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1964 

William L. Kingman Term Expires 1964 

Robert J. Ellis Term Expires 1965 

James M. Shepard Term Expires 1965 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1966 

Alice H. May Term Expires 1966 



STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE 

Byrd D. Goss Joseph F. Bushell 

Leslie F. Parke 

TOWN EMPLOYEES INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

David W. Scribner Arno H. Perkins 

Stewart Kennedy Viola M. Foley 

Carolyn Douglas 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ASSIST 
MASS. TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 

John W. Putnam Allen G. Moody 






THE TOWN OF ACTON 169 

REVISED JURY LIST - 1963 

PRECINCT I 

Andrew F. Boutin, 1 Green Wood Lane, Superintendent 

Donald E. Bryant, 56 Alcott Street, Vice-President 

Donald H. Kneeland, 2 Flagg Road, Salesman 

Ralph C. Morse, 60 Great Road, Real Estate and Insurance Broker 

Arthur J. Patterson, 265 Great Road, Tool Maker 

Arthur E. Schenck, 6 Hosmer Street, Sales Manager 

Hugh M. Wamboldt, 10 Esterbrook Road, Service Manager 

Roscoe F. Wilkins, 22 Carlisle Road, Tool Maker 

John H. Duston, 276 Pope Road, Farmer 

George H. Hodgson, 72 Strawberry Hill Road, Laboratory Technician 

Robert S. Sinnett, 22 Hosmer Street, Sales Manager 

Theodore D. Weyn, 30 Forest Road, Lumberman 

Edwin G. Ferrari, 13 Alcott Street, Mechanical Engineer 

Carl A. Peterson, 4 Brabrook Road, Mechanical Engineer 

Fletcher W. Burger, 107 Concord Road, Manager 

John R. Vieira, Jr., 4 Flagg Road, Electronic Technician 

Ralph F. Parsons, 361 Great Road, Optician 

Glen M. Kidder, 486 Great Road, Research Chemist 

David G. Robertson, 20 Henley Road, Electrical Engineer 

John B. Milliken, 12 Hosmer Street, Purchasing Agent 

Arthur C. Goodwin, 1 Iris Court, Retired 

Elmer O. Kilpatrick, 1 Iris Court, Retired 

Gardner Perry III, 431 Main Street, Meteorologist 

William R. Horton, 514 Main Street, Junior Engineer 

David W. Forrant, 97 Newtown Road, Electronic Engineer 

PRECINCT II 

Frank I. Averett, 95 Parker Street, Deliveryman 

Alan F. Batstone, 50 Conant Street, Mechanical Designer 

John B. Byers, 46 Main Street, Restaurant Owner 

John T. Dargin, 56 Conant Street, Director Labor Relations 

Robert H. Gerhardt, 14 Beverly Road, Engineer 

David W. Hartwell, 13 Billings Street, Warehouse Manager 

Charles T. Kirk, 13 Beverly Road, Electrical Engineer 

James J. Mulvany, 7 5 Maple Street, Salesman 

Harold E. Nickerson, 74 Liberty Street, Field Representative 

.Francis L. Brennan, 40 Piper Road, Machine Accounting Supervisor 

Robert H. Darling, 197 Main Street, Salesman 

Ralph F. Littlefield, 140 High Street, Meat Cutter 

Frederick E. Lloyd, 169 Main Street, Designer 

Alfred Parlee, 1 Pinewood Road, General Radio 

Thomas E. Wetherbee, 44 Prospect Street, Laundryman 

George B. Williams, Jr., 11 Laurel Court, Control Airlines 

William P. Cutler, 2 3 Brucewood Road, General Electric Supervisor 

Arthur Donaldson, 5 Billings Street, Mechanic 

Donald F. Fullonton, 74 Main Street Exp. Machinist 

Roland R. MacLean, 46 Central Street, Prod. Eng. 

Arnold M. McCalmont, 7 Beverly Road, Science Admin. 

iPhilip H. McKinstry, 17 Billings Street, Tool Eng. 

Thomas C. Searle, 249 Parker Street, Mechanical Engineer 

JH. Bradford Sturtevant, III, 12 Laurel Court, Asst. Treasurer 

Oeorge C. Rolfe, 106 Main Street, Insurance Agent 



170 228th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

PRECINCT III 

Harvey M. Brown, 7 Betsy Ross Lane, Linotype Machinist 

Russell E. Dow, 1 Seneca Road, Lumber Salesman 

George E. Neagle, 66 Summer Street, Draftsman 

William J. Phillips, 20 Homestead Street, Shipping Clerk 

Loren B. Prentice, 446 Massachusetts Avenue, Engineering Aide 

Edward A. Shaw, 37 Windsor Avenue, Salesman 

Warren A. Silva, 113 Central Street, Laboratory Technician 

James D. Sutherland, 24 Nash Road, Head Cashier 

William M. Veazey, 4 Agawam Road, Civil Engineer 

Arthur S. Andrews, 242 Central Street, Body Man 

Richard M. Brine, 136 Central Street, Parts Man 

Edward W. Flannery, 544 Massachusetts Avenue, Foreman 

Dudley F. Howe, 11 Mohawk Drive, Insurance 

Norman L. Perkins, 133 Arlington Street, Bulldozer Operator 

Marvin L. Tolf, 32 Agawam Road, T.I.C. 

Peter R. Whitcomb, 144 Hayward Road, Carpenter 

William J. Deane, 84 Seminole Road, Fire Inspector 

Harrison D. Foote, 387 Central Street, Salesman 

Alfred R. Hermes, 292 Central Street, Credit Reporter 

Jonathan H. Kirkpatrick, 4 Townsend Road, Purchasing Agent 

Stephen G. Peterson, 39 Spruce Street, Electronics 

Frank Primiano, 5 Haynes Court, Machinist 

Allen M. Rodday, 204 Central Street, Sales Engineer 

John W. Thomas, Jr., 33 Agawam Road, Laboratory Technician 

Donald R. Thompson, 372 Arlington Street, Airplane Mechanic 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 




President of the United States 
Lyndon B. Johnson 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Edward M. Kennedy 

Representative in Congress 

Philip J. Philbin — Third Congressional District 

Officials of the Commonwealth 

Governor Endicott Peabody 

Lieutenant Governor Francis X. Bellotti 

Secretary Kevin H. White 

Treasurer John T. Driscoll 

Auditor Thomas J. Buckley 

Attorney General Edward W. Brooke 

Governors Council— Third District 

John W. Costello, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Senator — Worcester Middlesex District 

Charles W. Olson, Ashland, Mass. 

Representative in the General Court — Eleventh Middlesex District 

Vernon R. Fletcher, Chelmsford, Mass. 




(ANNUAL REPORT 




TOWN 




GTON 



1Q64 




ACTON BUILDS... 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

In Memoriam 3 

SECTION A 

Acton Builds 6 

Selectmen's Report 8 

SECTION B 

Town Clerk's Report -- Births, Dog Licenses, Town Election 12 

Abstract of the Proceedings of the 

Special Town Meeting -- January 20, 1964 22 

Annual Town Meeting -- March 9, 1964 22 

Special Town Meeting -- June 8, 1964 42 

Special Town Meeting -- October 19, 1964 46 

SECTION C 

Acton School Department Report and 

Acton -Bo xborough Regional School District Report 52 

SECTION D 

Archives Committee 80 

Board of Appeals 80 

Building Committee 80 

Building Inspector 81 

Cemetery Commissioners 82 

Conservation Commission 83 

Civil Defense Agency 84 

Dog Officer 84 

Elizabeth White Fund * 85 

Engineering Department 85 

Fire Department 87 

Goodnow Fund 89 

Board of Health 89 

Industrial Development Commission 92 

Inspector of Animals. 93 

Inspector of Wires 93 

Insurance Committee . 94 

Library and Citizens Library Association of West Acton 95 

Moth Superintendent 98 

Personnel Board 99 

Planning Board . 99 

Police Department 100 

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee 103 

Recreation Commission 108 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 109 

Sewerage Study Committee 110 

Sidewalk Committee 110 

Street Light Committee 109 

Superintendent of Streets 112 

Town Administration Committee 116 

Town Employees Insurance Advisory Committee 124 

Town Forest Committee 124 

Tree Warden 124 

Welfare Board 125 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 126 

SECTION E 

Accountant 128 

Assessors 144 

Collector 145 

State Auditor's Report 149 

Treasurer 156 

SECTION F 

Town Officers and Appointments 170 

Jury List 177 

Federal and State Officials Inside back cover 



ANNUAL REPORTS 




TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR ITS 

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINTH 

MUNICIPAL YEAR 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 



1964 



Cover and Sketches 

by 

Joanne Noyes 



OFFSET PRINTED BY 
SPAULDING-MOSS COMPANY 
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A 



DEDICATION 







Arthur W. Lee served the Town of Acton for twenty-nine years- - 
four of them as a member of the Finance Committee and sixteen of them 
as a Selectman. His record of devoted and unselfish service to his fellow 
townspeople stands as a tribute to this fine gentleman and as an inspira- 
tion to Acton's public officials of the present and the future. 

Arthur Lee was not one to seek the limelight and bask in the glory 
of his office. He was a man who said no ill of anyone and always acted in 
the best interests of the community as a whole. If he were for something, 
he would fight for it in his own unassuming way and, if he opposed some- 
thing, he would oppose it in the manner of a gentleman, firmly and forth- 
rightly. 

To the memory of The Honorable Selectman, Arthur W. Lee, this 
Town Report is dedicated. 



IN MEMORIAM 





Charles Judd Farley 



Charles Judd Farley devoted a 
lifetime to public service. He was a 
member of the American Field Service 
for 48 years, served with it in France 
during World War I, and helped es- 
tablish its Foreign Student program 
in Acton. He served the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts for 19 years 
and at the time of his retirement in 
1961 was Assistant Executive Director 
of the Division of Development, De- 
partment of Commerce. He was chair- 
man of Acton's first zoning committee 
and served on the Planning Board from 
1956 until the time of his passing. 

Charles Judd Farley was a gentle 
quiet man. The contribution he made 
to his country, his state and his town 
will live on- -as will his memory in 
the hearts of all who knew him. 



Alfred W. Davis was born in Acton 
and lived here during the eighty-eight 
years of his life, serving the town in 
many capacities. He was a Selectman 
from 1921 to 1924 and was a member 
of the Finance Committee for fifteen 
years. He also served as Superintend- 
ent of Streets, Police Officer, Fire 
Engineer and Overseer of the Poor. 

The Acton of today is quite differ- 
ent from what it was during Alfred 
Davis' years of service --but it pays 
humble tribute to the memory of a 
public -spirited man whose dedicated 
efforts helped make the Acton of today 
possible. 




Alfred W. Davis 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



SECTION 





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6 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ACTON BUILDS . . . 

Pictured on the cover of this report are three buildings -- the new 
police station, the addition to the Acton Memorial Library, and the new 
elementary school. The police station is now almost completed. Con- 
struction of the library addition and the school will begin this spring. 

Each of these buildings began as the dream of the committees and 
departments whose job it is to plan for the needs of our growing commun- 
ity. As these dreams become realities, new facilities will be added to the 
Town of Acton which will benefit all who live here. 

The school children will enjoy smaller classes when the new elemen- 
tary school is completed and twenty more classrooms are available to 
relieve the present crowded conditions. The new school will also have 
a library, cafetorium and an administrative wing with a principal's 
office, teachers' room and health room. The building is being designed 
by The Architects Collaborative of Cambridge. 

Acton's bookworms of all ages will delight in the two-story addition 
to the library which will soon be built. Architect Joseph Schiffer of 
Concord has designed a building which is expected to meet the library 
needs of the town for the next twenty years. 

The lower level will have a children's room opening onto a patio, 
also an archives room and a work area. On the main floor will be a 
reading room with a reference area, a workroom, librarian's office 
and a combination stack and study area- -an innovation suggested by the 
library consultant. The study tables will be located throughout the 
open stack area, rather than being grouped together in one place. 

The addition will connect with the older building through the present 
children's room. This room will become a wide corridor where the 
periodicals will be displayed. A new entrance to both buildings will 
open from the Town Hall side of the corridor between them. 

With the completion of the new police station, Acton will have ade- 
quate and spacious quarters for the law enforcement branch of its 
government. A general office and file room, chief's office, ward room, 
darkroom, storage areas, a cell area (with three cells), a women's 
detention area, and a juvenile detention room will be located on the 
main floor. 

The partial basement under the police station will house a rifle range 
and boiler room. An attached garage will hold four cruisers. The build- 
ing was designed by the Boston firm of Shannon and Underwood. 

The school, the police station, and the library addition are the latest 
in a series of town buildings whose design and construction have been 
under the supervision of a permanent Building Committee, appointed by 
the Selectmen. 

The town voted to establish the Committee in 1956. Since that time 
whenever a new town building is needed, the group involved spells out 
to the Building Committee what it will need in the way of facilities in 
the new building. Once the land has been purchased and money appro- 
priated for preliminary plans, the Building Committee hires an arch- 
itect and supervises work on the plans. 

Then the townspeople are asked to appropriate the money to construct 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 7 

the building. If the money is appropriated, the architect goes on to make 
working drawings. These are checked and approved by the Building 
Committee and by the group that is going to make use of the structure. 
Then the Building Committee advertises for sub-contractor and general 
contractor bids. 

If an acceptable low bid comes within the amount appropriated by the 
town, construction may begin. If not, the Building Committee and the 
architect must get together to make cost-cutting changes in the plans, 
then put them out for bid a second time in the hope that the new low bid 
will be low enough. If this bid is not low enough or if contingencies come 
up during construction which make the structure more costly, the 
Building Committee must go back to the town for more money. 

When construction begins, the architect supervises the day by day 
progress of the project. The Building Committee augments this, mak- 
ing frequent inspections of its own. If the job is a large one, the Com- 
mittee hires a full-time Inspector, sometimes known as a Clerk-of-the- 
Works. 

After the building has been completed and has been accepted by the 
town organization involved, the Building Committee's work is finished- - 
at least on that particular structure. 

The Building Committee has four regular members who meet at least 
once a month (and usually a good deal more often) at the South Acton 
Fire Station. At present Arnold Mercier is Chairman, and the other 
members are Lloyd Priest, Joseph S. Cobb and Frank Arms. 

Whenever the Committee is carrying out a project, its membership 
is increased by a representative from the town department or com- 
mittee for whom the building is being built. This representative serves 
only in connection with the building which concerns him. 

The three men presently serving with the Building Committee in this 
capacity are Edwin Richter, representing the School Committee; Chief 
Edward Collins representing the Police Department; and Marvin Tolf, 
representing the Library Trustees. 

Since 1956 when the permanent Building Committee was established, 
the West and South Acton fire stations, the Florence Merriam School 
and the addition to the Julia McCarthy School have been completed. Also 
the regional high school and a fifteen- room addition to it have been built 
(under the supervision of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Com- 
mittee, rather than the Building Committee). 

With all these new buildings going up, what has happened to Acton's 
tax rate? From 1956 to 1964 it increased by $14--a very modest in- 
crease considering the fact that the tax rates of some nearby towns 
increased by almost double this amount during the same period. The 
contribution of industry and business to Acton's tax base, plus careful 
and farsighted planning by town boards and committees are what kept 
the increase relatively small. 

Acton has built and continues to build for the future. This Town 
Report pays tribute to the Building Committee for its efforts to see 
that the town gets the most for every building dollar. 



8 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton: 

During the calendar year 1964, the Board of Selectmen held forty- 
eight regular meetings and thirty special meetings. At its first meeting 
after the Annual Town Meeting, the Board organized as follows: Arthur 
W. Lee, Chairman; Lawrence Donnelly, Vice-Chairman; and Warren F. 
Birch, Clerk. A Special Town Election was held on September 21, to 
fill the vacancy created by the sudden death of Chairman Arthur W. Lee 
on July 11, 1964. John H. Loring having been elected to the Board, it 
re-organized as follows: Lawrence Donnelly, Chairman; Warren F. 
Birch, Vice-Chairman; and John H. Loring, Clerk. 

Due to the resignation of both the Town Engineer and the Assistant 
Town Engineer to accept other employment, it became necessary to 
reconstitute the Town Engineering Department. The Board was for- 
tunate to obtain the services of John J. Dowd to fill the position of 
Town Engineer. The post of Assistant Town Engineer was determined 
superfluous to the efficient management of the department and has been 
left vacant. The Board established instead, the position of Engineering 
Assistant and it is anticipated that the department will be adequately 
staffed in this fashion for some time to come. 

Certain of the Highway Department projects have been considerably 
delayed during this past year due to the legislative revision of the statute 
dealing with eminent domain. As a result, the widening of Parker Street 
will not be started until after the Annual Meeting. In addition, after 
considering the abandonment of the Arlington Street land for school pur- 
poses as well as the estimated expense of widening the layout of Arling- 
ton Street and in "the light of the revised eminent domain statute the 
Board voted to request the County Commissioners to rescind their action 
in connection with additional takings along Arlington Street in the best 
interests of the town. 

The Board has established a purchasing procedure concerning proper- 
ty to be bought by departments under its supervision whereby any ex- 
penditure exceeding the amount of one hundred dollars is reviewed by 
the Board for its authorization prior to being purchased. This enables 
the Board to more closely inspect those larger expenditures which do 
not require public bidding and it is hopeful that beneficial effects from 
this procedure will be realized. 

Seven full-time firefighters were appointed during the first week of 
April after mental and physical examinations and upon recommendation 
of the Fire Chief pursuant to the action of the Town Meeting. Due to the 
resignation of Frederic W. Rimbach as the Fire Alarm Operator who 
has conducted his duties at his home for many years, it became nec- 
essary to appoint three temporary part-time operators to operate the 
alarm at Fire Headquarters, commencing in November. 

The needed space requirements of the Police Department are ex- 
pected to be solved with the completion of the new police station early 
in 1965 located at #365 Main Street. 

Each year we are mindful of the excellent cooperation of the many 
citizens who serve our town in the various elective and appointive cap- 
acities and, who, in their individual and collective efforts contribute 
substantially to the effectiveness of our Town Management. It is when 
their help becomes unavailable that we seem to most feel their absence. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 9 

This is especially true when we think of Arthur W. Lee, who served 
Acton for 4 years on the finance committee and for over 16 years as a 
member of this Board of Selectmen before his death this year; Donald 
O. Nylander, who has served as Acton's Town Accountant for almost 14 
years until compelled by medical reasons to resign effective April 1, 
1965, and Ian M. Mott, who has served as Director of Veterans Affairs, 
Veteran's Agent and Veteran's Burial Agent for 8 years until his recent 
relocation to the Town of Chatham. 

We believe it is fitting to note in our report the services of: Arthur 
W. Lee, Donald O. Nylander, Ian M. Mott, and Frederic W. Rimbach, 
and to express to them and their families the heartfelt gratitude of the 
Town for their years of effort in our common behalf. To the Town 
Employees and members of Town Boards, Committees and Commissions 
we extend sincere thanks and congratulations for their staunch and 
diligent performance in behalf of the Town during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
WARREN F. BIRCH 
JOHN H. LORING 

Board of Selectmen 

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NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1965. 

Dogs must be licensed on or be- 
fore April 1st or the owners or 
keepers thereof are liable to a 
fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 

REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 
ISSUED IN 1964 

749 Licenses @ $ 2.00 $1,498.00 

96 Licenses @ 5. 00 480.00 

11 Licenses @ 10.00 110.00 

4 Licenses @ 25.00 100.00 

2 Licenses @ 50.00 100.00 

46 Duplicate Tags @ .25 11.50 

1 Transfer License @ .25 .25 



Paid to Town Treasurer $2,299.75 



20 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 2, 1964 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of votes cast 519 544 783 1846 

MODERATOR, one year 

James Edward Kinsley 226 279 443 948 

John W. Putnam 260 213 285 758 

Lawrence P. Wilder 16 40 47 103 

Blanks 17 12 • 8 37 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 469 492 736 1697 

Blanks 50 52 47 149 

SELECTMAN, three years 

Warren F. Birch 279 386 425 1090 

John H. Loring 2 36 156 355 747 

Blanks 4 2 3 9 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Carl C. Flint 465 510 742 1717 

Blanks 54 34 41 129 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Patience H. MacPherson 458 424 657 1539 

Blanks 61 120 126 307 

TREASURER and COLLECTOR, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 474 488 728 1690 

Blanks 45 56 55 156 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Edwin Richter 342 354 555 1251 

Lloyd E. Williamson 321 359 546 1226 

Arthur P. Charbonneau 216 191 307 714 

Blanks 159 184 158 501 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, one year 

Robert Evans, Jr 172 183 229 584 

Thomas E. Wetherbee 317 334 511 1162 

Blanks 30 27 43 100 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 442 472 689 1603 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr .455 484 711 1650 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 443 466 697 1606 

David W. Scribner 444 469 70 3 1616 

Blanks . .292 285 332 909 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Howard F. Jones 461 484 719 1664 

Blanks 58 60 64 182 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 21 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Jay S. Grumbling 445 438 69 3 1576 

Paul Nyquist 17 17 

Blanks 74 89 90 253 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Doris E. Peterson 462 477 709 1648 

Blanks 57 67 74 198 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

William M. Veazey 448 447 700 1595 

Blanks 71 97 83 251 

PLANNING BOARD, one year to fill vacancy 

Leonard E. Rae 351 338 498 1187 

Marvyn E. Siegal 104 137 228 469 

Blanks 64 69 57 190 

TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 485 494 740 1719 

Blanks 34 50 43 127 

RECORD OF SPECIAL ELECTION 
HELD SEPTEMBER 21, 1964 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of votes cast 398 354 726 1478 

William C. Kazokas 69 108 173 350 

John H. Loring 296 211 445 952 

Robert E. Sweeney 33 34 106 173 

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22 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

January 20, 1964 

Article 1 

Voted unanimously: To approve the amount of debt (to wit: 
$2,100,000,00) authorized by the Acton-Boxborough Regional District 
School Committee at a meeting held on December 23, 1963, for the pur- 
pose of constructing and equipping a regional junior high school building 
on land of the District in the Town of Acton. 

Article 2 

Voted unanimously: To authorize payment from the Stabilization 
Fund to the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District of a sum not ex- 
ceeding $95,000.00, for the purpose of paying the Town's proportional 
share of a contribution toward the cost of constructing a regional junior 
high school building, subject to the approval of the Emergency Finance 
Board. 

Article 3 

Voted: To raise and appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$8,000.00, to complete a set of Assessors plans or Atlas of all real 
estate in the Town of Acton. Such plans being necessary to the proper 
valuation of property for tax purposes as well as a perequisite to a total 
revaluation program. 

Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $1,500.00, for rebuilding the engine in the grader. 

Voted: To adjourn at 8:45 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 
Town Clerk 

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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

March 9, 1964 

Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To amend Section 7 of the Town By-Laws, 
entitled Personnel By-Law for Wage and Salary Determinations and Ad- 
ministration, by increasing by an approximate 5% the amended figures 
in Schfdule A, Schedule B and Schedule C, to be effective April 1, 1964; 
a copy of the revised figures to be submitted by the Personnel Board to 
the Town Clerk at its earliest convenience. 

Article 1 

Chose: Helen P. Wood trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for 
three years. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 23 

Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton Firemen's 
Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Lloyd W. Priest trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: Thelma L. Boatman trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three 
years. 

Chose: Barbara Nylander trustee of the Citizens Library Assoc- 
iation of West Acton for three years. 

Voted: That the Compensation of Elected officers of the Town. of 
Acton for the calendar year 1964, adjusted for changes recommended 
by the Personnel Board, effective April 1, 1964, be as follows: 

Moderator $20.00 per each night per meeting 

Board of Selectmen: 

Chairman $ 550.00 

Clerk 550.00 

Member 550.00 

Town Treasurer and Collector 6,250.00 

Town Clerk 2,150.00 

Board of Assessors: 

Chairman 1,635.00 

Clerk 1,090.00 

Member 1,090.00 

Board of Public Welfare: 

Chairman 150.00 

Member 100.00 

Member 100.00 

Board of Health: 

Chairman 150.00 

Member 100.00 

Member 100.00 

Voted: That the Board of Health may appoint one of its members 
as assistant agent and set his rate of pay in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the Personnel By-Law. 

Tree Warden, at the rate of $2.48 per hour from January 1, 1964 
to March 31, 1964 and $2.60 per hour from April 1, 1964 to December 31, 
1964, plus $.75 per hour for the use of his truck. 

Article 2 
Reports 

Voted: To Accept the several reports of the Town Officers and 
Boards. 

Article 3 

No reports to be heard at this time. 



24 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 5 

Voted unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton, 
Section 5 Titled Fire Department by removing it in its entirety and 
replacing it with the following: 

A. ORGANIZATION 

There shall be a Fire Department of three (3) companies (one in each 
of three (3) precincts). 

Each company shall consist of such call and/ or regular officers 
and men, as may, from time to time, be deemed advisable, and as auth- 
orized by the Town. 

The extent of such coverage shall be defined as required by 
Section 7 of the By-Laws of the Town of Acton titled "Personnel By-Law 
for Wage and Salary Determination and Administration." 

B. APPOINTMENTS 
1. PERMANENT 

The Chief (Fire) shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. 

Appointments to permanent membership shall be subject to the 
basic requirements and appointment procedure as contained in "Fire 
Department Appointment Procedures." 

A. Age Factor 

Applicants shall not be less than twenty -one (21) nor over 
Thirty-seven (37) years of age at the time of filing application. 

In determining eligibility call men may deduct from their 
actual age one (1) year for each year of continuous service immed- 
iately prior to the date of application, such deductions not to 
exceed eight (8) years. 

B. Physical Factor 

1. Examination 

Applicants are required to pass a physical examination, 
and be certified, by a physician, as to physical fitness, to 
insure performance of the duties required in this class of 
work. 

Examination will include coverage as indicated in "Fire 
Manual for the Instruction of Applicants" as issued by the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Civil Service. 

2. Strength Test 

Applicant will be subjected to tests of strength to deter- 
mine ability to handle the physical aspects of this class of work. 

Such tests will follow in basic essence the guide as out- 
lined in "Requirements for Strength Test" as indicated in 
aforementioned "Fire Manual". 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 25 

C. Residence 

In order to effectively fulfill the requirements of Fire 
service, including twenty-four (24) hour call duty, it is recom- 
mended that positions should be filled by residents of Town of 
Acton. 

At the discretion of a combined decision of the Fire Chief, 
Board of Selectmen, and Personnel Board, a nonresident may be 
permitted to apply and be accepted for service, if location of out 
of town residence permits the fulfilling of the requirements of 
the position. 

Residents should, in all cases, be given preference. 

D. Mental Factor 

An applicant who satisfactorily meets the basic require- 
ments, as indicated above, will be interviewed by the Fire Chief 
to determine mental aptitude and to be subject to random questions 
regarding basic knowledge of firefighting procedures. 

The applicant will be instructed to secure and read the 
"Fire Manual" prior to such interview and that the random ques- 
tioning bebased on the contents of the manual. 

The final screening of applicants shall be the responsi- 
bility of the Fire Chief, who, before proceeding with final selec- 
tion will discuss such selection and basis for same with a joint 
meeting of the Board of Selectmen and a representative of the 
Personnel Board of final disposition. 

E. Probation Period 

A probation period of six (6) months will be in effect with 
an appraisal during that period as to the desirability of the 
candidate for permanent service. 

F. Call Firefighter 

All other qualifications being equal - call firefighters will 
receive preference. 

G. Grandfather Clause 

To be in effect for five (5) years from acceptance of this 
By-Law. 

THOSE ELIGIBLE: All call firefighters in the employ of 
the Town of Acton with at least one year's service as of 
January 1, 1963. 

WAIVERS: 

(1) He may deduct up to thirteen (13) years of contin- 
uous call duty in lieu of age requirement to extend max- 
imum age to fifty (50) years of age. 

(2) If applicant is over thirty (30) years of age at time 
of application, strength test will be waived. 



26 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

(3) Physical examination shall be the standard town 
employment examination. 

(4) The Selectmen, Fire Chief and Personnel Board 
may grant additional waivers for the best interest of 
the Town. 

2. CALL 

Officers and members of the call segment of the department, as 
authorized, will be appointed annually subject to the basic requirements 
and appointment procedure as contained in the "Call By-Law". 

A. Organization 

Three Deputy Chiefs will be appointed annually by the 
Chief (with approval of Board of Selectmen). The call officers 
of each company shall consist of a Captain, two Lieutenants, 
Treasurer and Clerk, who shall be elected by each company at 
its annual meeting in May of each year. No Chief, Deputy Chief or 
permanent firefighter shall hold any call company office. 

The Chief and Deputy Chiefs shall annually, in April, 
appoint the following call positions; Firefighters, Superintendent 
of Fire Alarm System, Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarm 
System, Fire Department Physician and Function Custodian. 
Vacancies may be filled at any time. New company members may 
be nominated at any company meeting, and shall be appointed 
from the list of nominations submitted by the respective companies. 
Upon complaint to the Chief and Deputy Chiefs by any member 
thereof, the Chief and Deputy Chiefs shall act, and may, after giv- 
ing seven (7) days notice to the member against whom such com- 
plaint is lodged, suspend or discharge said members. 

Upon application for a hearing by any member aggrieved 
by such action of the Chief and Deputy Chiefs, the Chief and 
Deputy Chiefs shall arrange for, and conduct, such hearing. It 
shall be the duty of each Deputy Chief to hold at least one company 
practice each month during the months of May, June, July and 
August. The Chief and Deputy Chiefs may be empowered to choose 
one of their members as a Clerk. 

B. Duties of the Chief 

It shall be the duty of the Chief to call meetings of the and 
Deputy Chiefs, and all combined meetings of the Department. 
He shall hold a combined practice of all companies at least once 
each year. 

C. Duties of the Call Captains and Lieutenants 

The Captain shall conduct all company meetings and see 
that all voting and business is properly conducted; and it shall 
be his duty, so far as possible, to carry out the desires of his 
company, and create and maintain harmony therein. The Lieu- 
tenants shall assist the Captain and act for him in his absense. 

D. Duties of the Call Company Treasurer and the Clerk 

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have charge of all 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 27 

company funds, pay all company bills, and keep a record of the 

same. 

It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep an accurate account 
of all company meetings and the business transacted thereat. 

E. Qualifications for Membership 

Any person of good character, over twenty-one years of 
age, who is an American citizen or who has filed his intention of 
becoming such, may be nominated for membership. The company 
shall judge an applicant for membership as to his qualifications 
as a firefighter, his occupation and his availability to attend fires 
and meetings. The company shall submit two or more names to 
the Chief and Deputy Chiefs for each vacancy to be filled. 

F. Duties of Members 

It shall be the duties of the members to answer all company 
alarms and to obey all orders of their officers while on duty. It 
shall be the duty of the members to attend all meetings and prac- 
tices of their respective companies; and they shall attend at 
least eight (8) meetings each year. Upon the request of his Deputy 
Chief any member missing a fire, practice or meeting, or neglec- 
ting his duty, shall give an acceptable excuse therefor. 

G. Meetings 

Each company shall hold one regular meeting each month.. 
Any company may make any rules for the use of its own company 
property. 

C. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PERSONNEL 

All officers and members of the department will be 
subject to the duties,responsibilities and supervision as 
defined by Section 7 of the By-Laws of the Town of Acton 
entitled "Personnel By-Law for Wage and Salary Deter- 
mination and Administration' 1 . 

Article 6 

Voted unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton, 
Section 7 entitled "Personnel By-Law for the Wage and Salary Determin- 
ation and Administration" by removing from Schedule C position number 
2206 and its compensation rate, and inserting 2206F, variable, 1.48, 
1.55, 1.63, 1.70, 1.78 and furthermore to amend Schedule CI by removing 
2206 Custodian (Fire) (P. T.), and inserting 2206F Functions Custodian 
(P. T.), and further amend Schedule B by adding to Grade J6 the follow- 
ing position nember: 

*2205R 48 



1.72 


1.80 


1.88 


1.97 


2.06 


82.56 


86.40 


90.24 


94.56 


98.88 


359.14 


375.84 


392.54 


411.34 


430.13 


4309.63 


4510.08 


4710.53 


4936.03 


5161.54 



and amend Schedule Bl, Protection of Persons and Property by adding 
Grade J6, position number 2205R titled Firefighter (Fire). 



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Article 7 

Voted unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton, 
pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 21, (11), by inserting 
in Section 1 a new Article as follows: 

Article 6. Disposal of personal property. That any Board or 
Officer in charge of a Department of the Town, may, with the approval 
of the Board of Selectmen, transfer to another Town Department or trans- 
fer by sale, any personal property of the town within the possession or 
control of the Department which has become obsolete or is not required 
for further use by the Department; provided, however, that this property, 
the aggregate value of which, in the opinion of the Board of Selectmen, 
exceeds $1,000.00 shall be disposed of by public bid in a manner pre- 
scribed by said Board of Selectmen. 

Article 8 

Voted unanimously: That the following sums of money be appro- 
priated for the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the 
same be expended only for those purposes, under the direction of the 
respective Boards, Committees, or Officers of the Town and that the 
total sum of money be raised in the 1964 Tax Levy. 

General Government 



Moderator: 

1. Salary 

Finance Committee: 

2. Expenses 



$ 160.00 



400.00 



Selectmen: 




3. Salaries 


1,650.00 


4. Expenses 


3,300.00 


5. Capital Outlay 


1,600.00 


6. Legal Services 


3,500.00 


7. Extra Legal Services 


3,000.00 



Town Office Clerical Staff: 
8. Salaries 



29,912.00 



Engineering Department: 

9. Salaries and Wages 16,579.00 

10. Expenses 1,800.00 

Town Accountant: 

11. Salary 2,125.00 

12. Expenses 255.00 

Town Treasurer and Collector: 

13. Salary 6,250.00 

14. Expenses 2,550.00 



Town Assessor: 

15. Salary 

16. Expenses 

Town Clerk: 

17. Salary 

18. Expenses 



3,815.00 
1,950.00 



2,150.00 
500.00 



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Election and Registration: 



19. Salaries and Wages 


$ 


4,100.00 


20. Expenses 




3,000.00 


Planning Board: 
21. Expenses 




1,500.00 


Board of Appeals: 
22. Expenses 




25.00 


Industrial Development Commission 
23. Expenses 


650.00 


Conservation Commission: 






24. Expenses 




100.00 


Town Report Committee: 
25. Expenses 




2,600.00 


Archives Committee: 






26. Expenses 




50.00 



Public Ceremonies and Celebrations 
Committee: 

27. Expenses 1,000.00 

Buildings and Grounds: 

28. Salaries and Wages 5,800.00 

29. Expenses 10,000.00 

Miscellaneous 

30. Expenses 500.00 

Total General Government $110,821.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

Police Department: 

31. Salaries and Wages 63,544.00 

32. Expenses 8,000.00 

33. Capital Outlay 750.00 

Fire Department: 

34. Salaries and Wages 38,063.00 

35. Expenses 13,185.00 

Fire Alarm System: 

36. Salaries and Wages 8,635.00 

37. Expenses 2,910.00 

38. Fire Hydrant Rental 17,245.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures: 

39. Salary and Travel 365.00 

40. Expenses 90.00 

Moth Department: 

41. Wages 4,119.00 

42. Expenses 1,700.00 



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Town Forest Committee: 

43. Maintenance $ 100.00 

Tree Department: 



44. Shade Tree Replace 

45. Wages 

46. Expenses 


ment 


425.00 
3,455.00 
1,520.00 


Wire Inspector: 

47. Wages and Travel 

48. Expenses 




2,000.00 
25.00 


Inspector of Gas Piping & 
Appliances and Deputy: 

49. Wages 

50. Expenses 




750.00 
100.00 


Building Inspector and Agent 
Enforcement of Zoning By- 

51. Salary and Wages 

52. Expenses 


for 
Law: 


5,910.00 
850.00 


Dog Officer: 

53. Wages and Travel 




520.00 


Building Committee: 
54. Expenses 




200.00 


Civil Defense: 

55. Expenses 




350.00 



Total Protection of Persons and Property $174,811.00 

Health and Sanitation 



Salaries: 

56. Board of Health 


350.00 




57. Secretary 






58. Town Nurse 


5,521.00 




59. Assist. Town Nurse 


787.00 




60. Agent & Assist. Agent 


5,000.00 




Expense: 






61. Board of Health 


2,000. 00*(see 


below) 


62. Town Nurse 


1,540.00 




63. Medical Supplies 


400.00 




64. Laboratory Fees 


600.00 




65. Hospitals and Sanatoriums 


1,000.00 




66. Clinics 


1,500.00 




67. Garbage Collection 


13,150.00 




Inspector of Animals: 






68. Wages 


150.00 




69. Expenses 


30.00 




Plumbing Inspector and Deputy: 






70. Wages 


2,000.00 




71. Mosquito Control 


2,500.00 





Total Health and Sanitation $ 36,528.00 



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Highways 

72. General Highway Maint. $10,150.00 

73. Drainage 16,033.00 

74. Chapter 81 Highways 17,375.00 

75. Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

76. Snow Removal 37,500.00 

77. Traffic Signs and Lines 4,120.00 

78. Vacations and Holidays 2,800.00 

79. Sidewalk Maintenance 800.00 

80. Highway Machinery Maint. 10,500.00 

81. Stree Lighting 16,500.00 

Town Dump: 

82. Salaries 4,980.00 

83. Expenses 1,770.00 

84. Capital Outlay 550.00 

Total Highways $125,128.00 

Charities 

85. District and Local Welfare 

Admin. Salaries 1,600.00 

86. Public Assistance 45,000.00 

Total Charities $ 46,600.00 

* Motion: To strike out $2,000.00 in Item #61 and insert $2,300.00. 
Total vote: 507; Yes - 252; No - 255. Motion lost. 

Veteran's Aid 

87. Salary 1,720.00 

88. Expenses 275.00 

89. Aid 8,500.00 

Total Veteran's Aid $ 10,495.00 

Education 

Local Schools: 

90. Instruction 418,059.00 

91. Plant Operation & Maint. 44,245.00 

92. Transportation 47,198.00 

93. Non-Instructional Services 5,000.00 

94. Administration 11,850.00 

95. Blanchard Auditorium 9,725.00 

96. Capital Outlay 7,087.00 

97. Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

Total Local Schools $544,164.00 

Regional School-Acton's Share: 

98. Instructions 387,495.29 

99. Plant Operation & Maint. 35,696.59 

100. Transportation 17,154.82 

101. Non-Instructional Services 12,091.26 

102. Administration 12,50 3.58 
10 3. Blanchard Auditorium 6,100.06 



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104. Capital Outlay 

105. Athletic Fund 

106. Contingency Fund 

Total Regional Schools 
Total Education 



$ 



3,558.90 

7,611.40 

556.35 





Libraries 


Memorial Library: 

107. Salaries and Wages 

108. Expenses 

109. Books 

110. Capital Outlay 


11,225.00 

3,202.00 

7,000.00 

300.00 


West Acton Library: 

111. Salaries and Wages 

112. Expenses 


625.00 
600.00 


Total Libraries 






Recreation 


113. Wages 

114. Expenses 

115. Capital Outlay 


1,835.00 
600.00 
950.00 


Total Recreation 






Cemeteries 


116. Salaries and Wages 

117. Expenses 


18,500.00 
3,371.00 


Total Cemeteries 






Insurance 



118. Workman's Compensation 7,000.00 

119. Surety Bond 615.00 

120. Fire Insurance, Town Bldgsj6, 000.00 

121. Boiler & Machinery 940.00 

122. Motor Vehicle Liability 3,000.00 

123. Money and Securities 

124. Group Health 7,200.00 



Total Insurance 



Pensions 



125. Pension Fund 12,798.00 

126. Expenses 689.11 

127. Military Service Fund 4.80 



$482,768.25 
$1,026,932.25 



$ 22,952.00 



$ 3,385.00 



$ 21,871.00 



$ 24,755.00 



Total Pension 



$ 13,491.91 



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Maturing Debt and Interest 

Regional School: 

128. Maturing Debt $42,370.00 

129. Interest 32,637.25 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School: 

130. Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

131. Interest 2,500.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition: 

132. Maturing Debt 15,000.00 

133. Interest 1,170.00 

Florence E. Merriam School: 

134. Maturing Debt 45,000.00 

135. Interest 20,520.00 

South Acton Fire Station: 

136. Maturing Debt 12,000.00 

137. Interest 900.00 

West Acton Fire Station: 

138. Maturing Debt 

139. Interest 



Anticipation of Revenue Notes: 

140. Interest 1,200.00 

Total Maturing Debt and Interest $188,297.25 

Total Budget to be raised and appropriated $1,806,067.41 

Voted: To observe one minute of silence in memory of 
Henry Erikson. 

Special Articles 

Art. 11. Stabilization Fund $10,000.00 

Art. 13. Fire Alarm System- 
Spruce St. & Kinsley Rd. 1,000.00 

Art. 19. Water Safety Program 1,824.00 

Art. 20. Fence-Jones Field 750.00 

Art. 21. Recreation Director 1,000.00 

Art. 22. Vocational Tuition and 

transportation 2,000.00 

Art. 23. Bell and Clock System- 

Towne School 1,250.00 

Art. 24. Sprinkler System- 

Towne School 15,000.00 

Art. 25. Repaint interior Towne 

School 9,000.00 

Art. 26. Desks & chairs - 

Towne School 5,000.00 

Art. 27. Radar unit & control signs 1,321.00 

Art. 28. Police Cruisers 5,500.00 

Art. 29. Additional Police Officers 6,000.00 

Art. 32. Sewerage Study Committee 300.00 

Art. 36. High Street (new way) 6,900.00 



34 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Total to be raised and appropriated 
under Special Articles $66,845.00 

Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus and Surplus Revenue 

To 

Stabilization Fund ( SR) 25,000.00 
Police Station (SR) 6,000.00 

Conservation Fund ( SR) 7, 899.73 
Reserve Fund ( O/erlay 

Surplus) 15,000.00 



Art. 


10. 


Art. 


14. 


Art. 


15. 


Art. 


45. 



$53,899.73 



Other Transfers 

Art. 12. From Stabilization Fund 

To Ladder Truck 32,000.00 

Art. 34. From Machinery Fund 

To Highway Truck 12,000.00 



Borrow 
Art. 14. Police Station 100,000.00 



$44,000.00 



$100,000.00 



Grand Total $2,070,812.14 

Article 9 

Voted: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipation 
of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1964 and to 
issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew 
any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in 
accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 10 

Voted unanimously: To transfer from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$25,000.00, for the Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of the 
General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B. 

Article 11 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate from available funds 
the sum of $10,000.00 for a Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provision 
of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B. 

Article 12 

Voted: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $32,000.00 
to purchase a new ladder truck for South Acton, and to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to trade-in, sell or otherwise dispose of the old 
ladder truck. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 35 

Article 13 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 
to extend the fire alarm system on Spruce Street from Arlington Street 
to End, and on Kinsley Road from Massachusetts Avenue to a point near 
the end, and install 2 fire alarm street boxes. 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:00 P. M. on completion of Article then under 
discussion until Monday, March 16, 1964 at 7:30 P. M. 

Article 14 
Police Station 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Town Building Committee to 
enter into contracts on behalf of the town for the constructing, equipping 
and furnishing of a Police Station in that part of Acton called Acton 
Center and located on Lot 16 Main Street, owned by the Town of Acton, 
and to appropriate the sum of $106,000.00, $6,000.00 to be transferred 
from Surplus Revenue and $100,000.00 to be borrowed under Chapter 44 
of the General Laws for not more than five years. 

Article 15 
Conservation 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $7,899.73 
for the Conservation Fund. 

Article 16 
Sidewalk Committee 

Voted: To authorize the appointment of a committee consisting of 
five (5) members to be appointed by the moderator, said committee to 
investigate the cost of constructing and maintaining sidewalks, and 
to report its findings at a special Town Meeting not later than the Fall 
of 1964. 

Moderator appointed: Margaret M. Coughlan, John E. Dunphy, Jr., 
Beatrice C. Perkins, Irene M. Rhodes and Francis J. Schell. 

Article 17 
Equipment 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $8,500.00, for the pur- 
chase of Town Hall equipment, for the Collector and Treasurer. 

Same tellers except moderator substituted Warren L. Newell as teller 
in place of Clyde J. Home. 

Total votes 476. Yes - 200 No - 276. Motion Lost. 

Article 18 

Voted: To lay on table. 
See after Article 30. 

Article 19 
Water Safety Program 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,824.00, 
for the support of the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by 



36 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

the Red Cross, School Department and the Acton Recreation Commission. 

Article 2 r 
Jones Field 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $750.00, for the purchase 
and installation of 310 running feet of chain link fence to be installed 
at Jones Field. 

Article 21 
Recreation 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00, for the Acton 
Recreation Commission to employ a Recreation Director. 

Voted: Total votes - 458 Yes - 274 No - 184 

Article 22 
Vocational 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00, for the payment 
of vocational tuition and transportation according to the provisions of 
Chapter 74 of the General Laws. 

Article 23 
Marion L. Towne School 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,250.00, for the re- 
placement of a bell and clock system at the Marion L. Towne School. 

Article 24 
Schools 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000.00, for the in- 
stallation of a sprinkler system at the Marion L. Towne School. 

Article 25 
Schools 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $9,000.00, to repaint 
the interior of the Marion L. Towne School. 

Motion: To strike out $9,000.00 and insert $4,500.00. 

Total vote - 369 Yes - 118 No - 251 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $9,000.00, to repaint 
the interior of the Marion L. Towne School. 

Article 26 
Schools 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00, for the replac- 
itent of desks and chairs at the Marion L. Towne School. 

Motion: To strike out $5,000.00 and insert $2,500.00 

Total vote - 372 Yes - 169 No - 203 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00, for the 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 37 

replacement of desks and chairs at the Marion L. Towne School. 

Article 27 
Police 

To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,321.00 for a Radar Unit and 
ten (10) Radar Control signs for the Police Department. 

Article 28 
Police 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,500.00, 
for the purchase of two (2) Police cruisers and authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to transfer one of the present cruisers to the Engineering 
Department and to sell or otherwise dispose of the second cruiser and 
the present Engineering Department car. 

Article 29 
Police 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $6,000.00, and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to appoint two (2) additional Police Officers. 

Article 30 
Sewerage Study Commission 

Motion: To create a five-man Sewerage Study Committee, one mem- 
ber to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, two members by the 
Board of Health and two members by the Planning Board; said committee 
to undertake studies on the needs for sewerage projects as assigned by 
the Town or the Board of Selectmen. 

Motion: To strike out two (2) members by the Board of Health and 
insert one (1) member of the Conservation Commission and one (1) 
member of theBoard of Health. 

Motion lost. 

Voted: To create a five-man Sewerage Study Committee, one mem- 
ber to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, two members by the 
Board of Health, and two members by the Planning Board; said com- 
mittee to undertake studies on the needs for sewerage projects as assigned 
by the Town or the Board of Selectmen. 

Appointed: Paul R. Nyquist (by Board of Selectmen), Bruce D. Smith, 
Robert J. Ellis (by Board of Health), Alton B. Avery and H. Raymond 
Durling, Jr. (by Planning Board). 

Adjourned at 11:00 P. M. 

Moderator called the meeting to order at 7: 30 P. M. on Monday, 
March 16, 1964. 

Voted to take Article 18 from the table. 

Article 18 
Library 

Motion: To authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into 
contract on behalf of the Town for the preparation of working drawings 



38 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

for an addition to the Library in that part of Acton called Acton Center 
and located on the present site of the Acton Memorial Library, and to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $8,000.00 for this purpose. 

Motion: To amend motion under discussion by adding the following: 
The total cost of the Library addition, including building, equipment, 
architect fees, contingencies, remodeling of existing, all costs in moving 
sand storage shed and all other expenses, shall not exceed $100,000.00 
including any financial aid from any government agency. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: John McLaughlin, Philip 
Harris, David Tinker, Sarah Hinckley, Margaret Coughlan, Dorothy 
Williams, Beverly Tuttle and John Whittier. 

Total vote - 461 Yes - 217 No - 244 
Amendment lost. 

Voted: To authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into con- 
tract on behalf of the Town for the preparation of working drawings for 
an addition to the Library in that part of Acton called Acton Center and 
located on the present site of the Acton Memorial Library, and to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $8,000.00 for this purpose. 

Resolution 

Voted unanimously: The following resolution: 

Resolved: That the Board of Selectmen be instructed and empowered 
to convey to the Department of Public Utilities of the Commonwealth the 
VOTE 'of the inhabitants of the TOWN OF ACTON, assembled at its 
Annual Town Meeting, PROTESTING any discontinuance or curtailment 
of the Passenger Service of the Boston and Maine Railroad on its Fitch- 
burg Division. 

Article 31 

Voted: To authorize the Sewerage Study Committee to make appli- 
cation to the United States of America under the terms of Public Law 
560, 83rd Congress of the United States, as amended, for an advance of 
funds not to exceed $30,000.00 and to expend the same for surveys, pre- 
liminary plans, cost estimates and reports on a town sewerage system in 
all its various phases with the understanding that the Town will reim- 
burse the United States, at no interest, for that part of the cost propor- 
tioned to a particular sewerage project when the construction of that 
project is subsequently voted by the Town, said plans and reports to be 
rendered by an engineer selected and employed by the Sewerage Study 
Committee, said funds or so much thereof that may be required and ad- 
vanced from the United States to be received by and administered by the 
Town Treasurer under the direction of the Sewerage Study Committee. 

Article 32 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the amount of $300.00 to be used by 
the Sewerage Study Committee to defray the costs of this office. 

Article 33 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $9,000.00 to be held by 
the Planning Board for the purposes of the completion of the paving of the 
remaining portions of Oakwood, Redwood, Pinewood and Fernwood Roads 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 39 

left unpaved by the developer of the so called Brucewood Area; such 
sums being generally appropriated under the authority of Chapter 41 
and for the purpose of indemnifying the Planning Board from any liability 
for its failure to retain the funds placed under its control for the above 
purposes. 

Motion: To strike out "$9,000.00" and insert "$4,500.00". 

Voted: To lay this article on the table. 

Article 34 

Motion: To appropriate $ 4,000.00 from Surplus Revenue and $12,000.00 
from the Machinery Fund for the purchase of a new truck for the Highway 
Department. 

Voted: To strike out "$4,000.00 from Surplue Revenue". 

Voted: To appropriate $12,000.00 from the Machinery Fund for the 
purchase of a new truck for the Highway Department. 

Article 35 

Voted: To reassign the $6,900.00 appropriation by the Town for Chap- 
ter 90 Construction under Article 9 of the 1963 Annual Town Meeting in 
conjunction with $6,900.00 allotted by the County and $13,800.00 allotted 
by the State, from Arlington Street to a new way to be construced running 
from High Street in a southeasterly direction to Powder Mill Road, and 
Central Street from Massachusetts Avenue to the Actori-Boxboro Town 
Line 

Motion: To amend original motion by deleting "and Central Street 
from Massachusetts Avenue to the Acton-Boxboro Town Line". 

Motion: Lost. 

Article 36 

Voted unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of $6,900.00, 
for Chapter 90 Construction on a new way running from High Street, 
approximately at the intersection of Adams Street, and extending in a 
southeasterly direction to Powder Mill Road, and on Central Street from 
Massachusetts Avenue to the Acton-Boxboro Town Line. Said money to 
be used in conjunction with $6,900.00 to be allotted by the County and 
$13,800.00 to be allotted by the State. 

Article 37 

Voted: To lay this article on the table. 

Article 38 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,750.00 to remove ledge 
beside the Acton Center Fire Station to provide access for parking in 
the rear of the building. 

Total vote. - 411. Yes - 123 No - 288 

Motion lost. 

Motion: To take up Article 44. 



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Motion lost. 

Motion: That this meeting adjourn on completion of Article under dis- 
cussion at 11:00 P. M. and adjourn until Saturday at 2:00 P. M. 

Motion lost. 

Article 39 

Motion: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an executive 
secretary in accordance with the provisions of Section 23A. of Chapter 41 
of the General Laws of this Gommonwealth as amended or as it may be 
amended. 

Total vote - 455. Yes - 129 No - 326 

Motion lost. 

Article 40 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Laws of the 
Town of Acton by adding the following to Section III A 3: 

b. Light Industrial 1-2 

Article 41 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Laws of the Town of 
Acton by adding to Section IV Subsection D, the following: 

2. In a Light Industrial District 1-2, a building or structure may be 
erected or altered, and a building, structure or premise may be 
used for the following purposes: 

a. Scientific or research laboratory, office for executive or 
administrative purposes, public utility or community use. 

b. Manufacturing electrical or electronic devices, medical, 
dental or drafting instruments, optical goods, watches, or 
other precision instruments; light metal fabrication or 
finishing, but not including heavy punch presses or drop 
hammers. 

c. Additional uses by special permit only. The Board of Appeals 
may, in a specific case, issue a special permit for any other 
lawful storage, distribution or light manufacturing use, prov- 
ided th?.t such use is not in violation of the requirements of 
Section II - I (Performance Standards) and that it meets the 
criteria of Section VI B 3b and 3c. 

Motion: To amend by deleting 2-c. 

Motion lost. 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Laws of the 
Town of Acton by adding to Section IV Subsection D, the following: 

2. In a Light Industrial District 1-2, a building or structure may be 
erected or altered, and a building, structure or premise may be used 
for the following purposes: 



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a. Scientific or research laboratory, office for executive or 
administrative purposes, public utility or community use. 

b. Manufacturing electrical or electronic devices; medical, 
dental or drafting instruments, optical goods, watches, or 
other precision instruments; light metal fabrication or 
finishing, but not including heavy punch presses or drop 
hammers. 

c. Additional uses by special permit only. The Board of Appeals 
may, in a specific case, issue a special permit for any other 
lawful storage, distribution or light manufacturing use, pro- 
vided that such use is not in violation of the requirements of 
Section II - 1 (Performance Standards) and that it meets the 
criteria of Section VI B 2b and 3c. 

Article 42 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Laws of the 
Town of Acton by adding the following at the end of Section V Subsection 
B. Intensity Regulation Schedule: 

1-2 All permitted uses 40,000 100 45 20 

Article 43 

Voted: To rezone from Residential District R-2 to Light Industrial 
District 1-2, the land on the northerly side of School Street in South 
Acton, Bounded as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the northerly sideline of School Street, 
1,095.98 feet easterly from a stone bound at the intersection of 
School Street and Laws Brook Road, thence 425.69 feet at North 
22 00' 00" West, thence 154 75 feet at North 29 30» 55" West, 
thence 340.48 feet at South 72° 10' 03" West, thence 187.50 feet 
at South 73° 37' 29" West, thence 218.00 feet at South 82° 44' 18" 
West, thence 41.25 feet at North 60° 18' 55" West, thence 106.79 
feet at North 65° 33' 41" West, thence 50.70 feet at North 63 
45' 13" West thence 77-6.08 .feet at North 13° 08' 51" East, thence 
394.77 feet at South 78° 04' 26" East, thence 113.51 feet at South 
13 01" 11" West, thence 519.76 feet at South 89° 01 ' 53" East, 
thence 155.55 feet at North 69° 56' 57" East, thence 345.39 feet 
at South 39° 13' 43" East, 563.70 feet at South 31 26' 00" East 
to the northerly sideline of School Street, thence by the northerly 
sideline of School Street, 94.79 feet at South 49° 16' 50" West, 
thence 189.37 feet along a right curve of radius 548.14 feet, 
thence 379.25 feet at South 69° 04' 30" West to the point of beginning. 

All the above land to contain approximately 24.8 acres, being owned by 
Merwin H. Craig and being shown on a plan entitled "Meadowgreen, Sub- 
division Plan of Land in Acton, Massachusetts", dated February 21, 1961 
by Joseph W. Moore, Inc., Registered Land Surveyor and recorded in the 
Middlesex Registry of Deeds (South District) as Plan 1103 (A & B of 2) 
of 1961 in Book 9860, Page 445. 

Hand vote: Total 355, Yes 269. No 86. Needed to carry 237. 



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Article 44 

Voted: To authorize the Moderator to appoint a committee of five 
members to be known as the Committee on Town Administration. Said 
committee to be chosen in the following manner: One member from the 
Finance Committee, one member from the Planning Board, one member 
from the Personnel Board, and two members at large. The Committee is 
charged with studying the fiscal and administrative structure of the Town 
and to make specific recommendations which in the judgement of the 
Committee will tend to improve the administration of Town Government, 
said Committee to report to the Selectmen and the Town Meeting on or 
before March 1965. 

Moderator appointed the following Committee: William L. Chipman 
(Finance Committee), Charles Judd Farley (Planning Board), Clyde J. 
Home (Personnel Board), Charles D. MacPherson and Philip A. Harris 
(members at large). 

Article 45 

Voted: To appropriate from Overlay Surplus the sum of $15,000.00 for 
a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 
40, Section 6. 

Article 46 

Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:56 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 
Town Clerk 

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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

June 8, 1964 

Article 1 
Land to Library 

Voted: To transfer a portion of a parcel of land, purchased from the 
Acton Agricultural Holding Company and now being used by the Highway 
Department, to the Acton Memorial Library, a corporation created by 
Chapter 52 of the Acts of 1890 under date February 27, 1890, for the pur- 
pose of erecting a library addition and appurtenances, plus the necessary 
side and backyard area, and described as follows: 

Beginning at a point on the northwesterly corner of the 
present library land at an existing stonewall thence 



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projecting the westerly property line of the existing 
library lot 30 feet in a straight line in a north- 
westerly direction, thence turning and running north- 
easterly and parellel with Main Street, to land now 
or formerly owned by Norman G. and Frances F. Collins, 
thence turning and running southerly by land now or 
formerly of said Collins to the end of a stonewall at 
land of said Collins, of Frederick W. and Florence C. 
Abbt and of the Town of Acton Memorial Library land, 
thence turning and running westerly by said land of 
the existing Library along the stonewall back to the 
point of beginning. Containing approximately one- 
quarter of one acre, more or less. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Hubert R. Durling, Jr., 
Robert J. Ellis, Medville L. Clark, David P. Tinker, George E. 
Neagle, Raymond J. Grey, Edwin H. Christofferson and Warren W. 
Wheeler. 

Hand vote. Total 314. Yes - 269 No - 45 Needed to carry - 210. 

Article 2 
Library 

Voted: To authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into 
contracts on behalf of the Town for the constructing, equipping and furn- 
ishing of an addition to the Library in that part of Acton called Acton 
Center and located on the present site of the Acton Memorial Library, 
and to appropriate the sum of $210,000.00, to be provided by the trans- 
fer of $10,000.00 from available funds in the treasury, and the balance of 
$200,000.00 to be financed over a period of eight years by borrowing 
under Chapter 44 of the General Laws. 

Ballot vote. 

Total - 457 Yes - 355 No - 102 Needed to carry - 305 

Article 3 
Office Machine 

Voted: To appropriate from available funds and surplus revenue 
the sum of $7,000.00, for the purchase of mechanical accounting equip- 
ment to be placed in the office of the Collector-Treasurer for the use by 
that office and other Town departments. 

Article 4 
Cemetery 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum 
of $600.00, for the purpose of oiling the roads in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Article 5 
Chapter 822 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to spend 
the amount of $10,963.30 from Chapter 822 of the Acts of 1963 on resur- 
facing 3,000 feet of Willow Street, 2,600 feet of Arlington Street and 
3,300 feet of Concord Road. 



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Article 6 
Bill 

Voted unanimously: To appropriate the sum of $217.85, from Sur- 
plus Revenue for the payment of a 196 3 insurance bill. 

Article 7 
Chapter 90 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $2,252.93, 
to the Chapter 90 New Construction 1963 Account 

Article 8 
Streets 

Voted: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, con- 
structed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as 
laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the 
Town Clerk: 

Brucewood Road, 223.12 feet from Oakwood Road 
Redwood Road, 228.27 feet from Oakwood Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans, and appropriate from Surplus 
Revenue the sum of $1,000.00, for the completing of the said streets. 

Article 9 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portion 
thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control 
Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on 
file with the Town Clerk: 

Oakwood Road, 2,265.22 feet from Piper Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans, and to appropriate from Surplus 
Revenue the sum of $3,000.00, for the completing of 1,227.09 feet of 
the above street from Brucewood Road. 

Article 10 

Voted unanimously: To accept the Grant of Easement of Brewster 
Conant to the Town of Acton, dated March 6, 1964; said grant reading 
as follows: 

"I, Brewster Conant, of Evanston, Illinois for consideration 
paid Grant to the Town of Acton, with QUITCLAIM COVENANTS, 
the right and casement to use a certain path or trail known as the 
Captain Isaac Davis Trail and the land on either side thereof 
within fifty (50) feet of the center line of said path or trail for 
passage on foot only over those certain parcels of land shown 
as Parcel 2 and Parcel 3 on a plan entitled "Land in Acton Owned 
by Augustine B. Conant and Brewster Conant" dated February 18, 
1958 by Harlan E. Tuttle, Surveyor, recorded with Middlesex 
South District Registry of Deeds at the end of Book 9131. 

"Said right and easement may be exercised only on April 19 
and July 4 of each year (or on such days as may in the future be 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 45 

designated for the historic and patriotic observances now held 
on such dates). 

"The grantee herein shall have the right to determine by 
survey the exact location of the center line of said path or trail 
and to record a plan thereof which shall be determinative of the 
exact location of the easement herein granted. 

"The grantor reserves the right as appurtenant to land on 
either side of said path or trail owned by him to construct a road 
or roads across said path or trail of sufficient width to satisfy the 
standards of the Town of Acton with respect to public ways and to 
use said road or roads for all purposes for which streets and ways 
are commonly used in said Town. 

"I, Elizabeth S. Conant, wife of said grantor, release to said 
grantee all rights of dower and homestead and other interests 
therein. 

"Witness our hands and seals this 6th day of March, 1964. 

Brewster Conant 
Elizabeth S. Conant 

"STATE OF ILLINOIS 

"Cook County, ss. March 6, 1964 

"Then personally appeared the above named Brewster Conant 
and acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be his free act and 
deed, before me 

Edwin R. Bates 
Notary Public" 

Resolution. Voted the following resolution: 

Resolved: That the Clerk advise Mr. Conant in writing 
of the vote passed under Article 10 and extend the sincere thanks of 
the Town for his public spirit and generosity. 

Article 11 

Voted unanimously: To amend the Building Bylaw of the Town of 
Acton by striking out the second sentence of Section 12 and inserting 
therein the following: 

Openings from buildings to garages shall be restricted to 
a single doorway, provided with not less than 1 3/4" thick 
solid door, or panel door, with at least two (2) coats of 
fire retardant paint on garage side, or approved fire door 
of 3/4 hour fire resistant rating. This door must be 
equipped with self-closing mechanism and no glass shall 
be in door except fire glass. 

Article 12 

Voted: To amend the Building Bylaw of the Town of Acton by insert- 
ing at the end of the second sentence in Section 13, the following words: 
"And have suitable stairs if below grades". Also by striking out the 
following words in the 4th sentence of Section 13, "An area ten feet 



46 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

square" and inserting the following words: "At least five (5) feet from 
center of heater in all directions, or until a Fire resistant wall is 
reached. " 

Article 13 

Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 14 

Voted: To amend the Building Bylaw of the Town of Acton by adding 
to section 20, the following sentence: 

Not more than two (2) reshinglings of asphalt shingles be 
allowed without removal of old shingles and no reshingling 
over wood shingles be allowed. 

Article 15 

Voted: To amend Section 9 of the Building Bylaw of the Town of 
Acton by adding the following subsection: 

D. When in the opinion of the Building inspector, 
soil conditions and the load to be imposed on 
the foundation walls make the requirement for 
footings unnecessary, the building inspector 
may permit such footings to be omitted by 
written endorsement on the building permit. 

Article 16 

Motion: To amend the Building Bylaw of the Town of Acton by 
adding the following paragraph to Section 10 -A- 1, "All chimneys must 
have a metal thimble, for each smoke pipe, built into the chimney. It 
shall be of cast or wrought galvanized iron of extra heavy gauge, and 
be set flush with the outside of chimney and inside of chimney liner." 

Motion lost: 

Article 17 

Voted: To pass over the Article 

Voted: To adjourn at 10:12 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE 
Town Clerk 

# # # # 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

October 19, 1964 

Article 1 

Voted unanimously: To authorize the Selectmen to purchase, take 
by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for school purposes a certain 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 47 

parcel of land containing approximately 34 acres more or less located 
on the southwesterly side of Elm Street and the northwesterly side of 
Arlington Street in West Acton, believed to be now or formerly the 
property of Louis A. Flerra, and bounded and described as follows: 

Northeasterly by Elm Street, one thousand one hundred sixty-nine 
(1,169.0) feet, more or less; northwesterly by land of Louis A. 
Flerra and land of the Fitchburg Division of the Boston & Maine 
Railroad, eight hundred forty-five (845.0) feet; westerly by land 
of said Railroad, eight hundred ninety (890.0) feet, more or less; 
southerly by land of Porter G. Jenks, Charles A. Durkee, Joseph 
DeSousa and Duncan S. Kennedy, nine hundred ninety-four (994.0) 
feet; westerly by said Kennedy land, by the center of the brook, 
eighty-three (83.0) feet; southeasterly by Arlington Street, one 
hundred seventy-seven (177.0) feet; northeasterly by land now or 
formerly of Willard M. Houghton, one hundred thirty-two (132.0) 
feet, more or less; easterly by the center line of Fort Pond Brook, 
three hundred seventy (370.0) feet, more or less; and southeasterly 
by said Houghton land, four hundred seventeen (417.0) feet; saving 
and excepting therefrom so much as was conveyed by Louis A. 
Flerra to the Milldam Realty Trust by deed dated April 8, 1964, 
and duly recorded with Middlesex South District Deeds, Book 10501, 
Page 107, containing about 5,096 square feet of land; 

that the sum of $91,000 be appropriated for the purpose of purchasing, 
taking by eminent domain or otherwise acquiring the aforesaid land; 
and that to meet the aforesaid appropriation the sum of $51,000 shall 
be and hereby is transferred from the surplus revenue account, and the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, shall be and hereby is 
authorized to borrow the sum of $40,000 under the authority of Chapter 
44, Section 7, Clause (3) of the General Laws and to issue at one time 
or from time to time bonds or notes of the Town therefore, payable 
according to the applicable provisions of said Chapter 44, each such 
issue of bonds or notes to be paid in not more than one year from its 
date. 

Article 2 

Voted unanimously: To amend the vote adopted under Article 1 of 
the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting held on March 12, 1963, by 
deleting the words "on land of the Town on Arlington Street" from the 
first paragraph thereof and adding the words "on a portion of land 
described in Article 1 of this meeting" at the end of said paragraph, 
as amended, so that said first paragraph shall now read "(1) That there 
is hereby authorized the construction, originally equipping and furnish- 
ing of an elementary school building to contain approximately twenty 
classrooms as well as other necessary rooms and facilities to be loca- 
ted on a portion of land described in Article 1 of this meeting." 

Article 3 

Voted: To rescind the action taken under Article 1 of the Town 
Meeting of November 4, 1957 which rezoned from Residential to Bus- 
iness the property located at 39 Main Street which extends approxi- 
mately 487 feet in an easterly direction along Main Street and 400 feet 
in depth, the property being presently or formerly the property of 
Elinor M. Laffin. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: John McLaughlin, 
Raymond Letts, Porter Jenks, Paul Lesure, Albert Foster, 



48 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

T. Leo McCarthy and Registrars James Wilson, Julia Barry, Helen 
Allen, Hazel Vose, Bertha Tucker, Phyllis Sprague, Mary Prentice. 

Ballot Vote. Total -473. Yes 326, No 147 
Needed to carry - 316. 

Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To accept the land shown as Lot #40 and Lot 
#41 on the plan entitled "Broadview Farm Estates Plan of Land in Acton, 
Mass." dated August 5, 1964, R. D. Nelson, Engineer, subject to the 
restrictions that said Lot #40 and Lot #41, for a period of fifty years, 
be used only for recreation, agriculture, park and conservation purposes 
and that access thereon be available, at least, to the owners and occu- 
pants of the land on Valley Street and Broadview Street in said Acton; and 
further, that said Lot #40 and Lot #41 be transferred to the use and con - 
trol of the Conservation Commission of the Town of Acton. 

Resolution: Voted that the Selectmen send a letter of thanks to 
the J. & E. Company, Inc. of Arlington. 

Article 5 

Voted: To withdraw the Article. 

Article 6 

Motion: To amend the protective zoning by-law of the Town of 
Acton and the "Zoning Map of the Town of Acton" by changing from 
Residential (R-2) to Business (B 1) the following described area of land 
in that part of Acton, called South Acton. 

Beginning at a point on the easterly side of Main Street (Route 27) 
approximately 712.30 feet northerly of the Acton- Maynard town 
line at land now or formerly of Robert D. and Joann R. Hanson and 
Robert M. Jr. and Doris M. Kelly and thence running: 
N 4-40-19W by the sideline of Main Street and land of said 

Kelly 94.81 feet to an angle, thence 
N 4-06- 19W by the sideline of Main Street and by land of said 
Kelly and land now or formerly of Mary E. Towler, Jalmar 
and Sylvia Jarvi, Roland W. and Betty Ann Martin and Robert 
H. and Margaret S. Russel 710.41 feet to the existing Bus- 
iness Zone line as established by the Town of Acton, by vote, 
at the Special Town Meeting of November 4, 1957 thence 
N 85-53-41E through land of said Russell and land now or formerly 
of Elmside Homes, Inc. along the Business-Residential zone 
line 400.00 feet to an angle, thence 
N 4-06- 19W through land of said Elmside Homes, Inc. along the 
Business-Residential zone line 293.24 feet to an angle, thence 
N 4-23-19W through land of said Elmside Homes, Inc. along the 
Business -Residential zone line 136.89 feet to land now or form- 
erly of Blanche Shaw, thence 
S 87-17-10E by land of said Shaw 19.54 feet to an angle, thence 
S 68-07-48E by land of said Shaw 470.83 feet to a point which is 
150.00 feet from the westerly sideline of Conant Street as mea- 
sured at right angles to said sideline, thence 
S 0-39-13E through land of said Elmside Homes, Inc. and land now 
or formerly Robert B. Sargent, by a line parallel to and 150.00 
feet from the westerly sideline of Conant Street, 771.25 feet to 
land now or formerly Gardner C. and Nancy W. Hendrie, thence 



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S 47-06-05W by land of said Hendrie and land now or formerly 
Erling and Dorothy A. Mostue, 74.04 feet to an angle, thence 
S 45-17-41W by land of said Mostue 216.12 feet to an angle, thence 
S 46-35-08W by land of said Mostue 154.55 feet to an angle, thence 
S 57-32-29W by land of said Mostue 64. 83 feet to an angle, thence 
S 69-10-43W by land of said Mostue 29.30 feet to land of Robert D. 

and Joann R. Hanson, thence 
N 24-16-20W by land of said Hanson 50.00 feet to land now or form- 
erly Robert M., Jr. and Doris M. Kelly, thence 
S 89-12-10W by the property line between the property of said 
Kelly and Hanson 351.52 feet to the point of beginning at Main 
Street. 

Voted: To withdraw the Article. 

Article 7 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions 
thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control 
Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on 
file with the Town Clerk: 

Valley Road, 950 feet from High Street 
Broadview Street, 2,000 feet from Valley Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 8 
Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 9 
Voted: To pass over the Article 

Article 10 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portion thereof, constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out 
by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Lothrop Road, 1,590.43 feet from Spencer Road 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 11 

Voted: To accept the following street, or portion thereof constructed 
under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by 
the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Russell Road, 590 feet from Hosmer Street 

including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other 
purposes, where shown on said plans. 

Article 12 
Voted: To pass over Article. 
Voted: To adjourn at 9:22 P.M. 
A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE, Town Clerk 



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229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 




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REPORT OF THE ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT AND THE 
ACTON -BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 52 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 53 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS REPORT 54 

SCHOOL FINANCES - 1964 - LOCAL AND REGIONAL 57 

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS : 58 

ACTON FACULTY 59 

ACTON -BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY ... 61 

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL'S REPORT 63 

SCHOOL PHYSICIAN'S REPORT 65 

SCHOOL NURSE'S REPORT 65 

AGE AND GRADE DISTRIBUTION TABLE . 67 

CLASS OF 1964 

Graduation Exercises 68 

Class Members 69 

Summary of Placement 70 

PROPOSED BUDGETS - 1965 

Acton Public Schools 71 

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District 72 

Maintenance and Operation Budgets 76 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

TREASURER'S REPORT 76 



52 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

AND 
ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Parker Harrison, Jr., Chairman Term Expires 1965 

M. Virginia Biggy, Secretary Term Expires 1966 

Albert W. Koch Term Expires 1966 

George E. Neagle Term Expires 1965 

Edwin W. Richter Term Expires 1967 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1965 

Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Joseph H. Hartshorn, Chairman Term Expires 1965 

Edwin W. Richter, Vice Chairman Term Expires 1967 

M. Virginia Biggy Term Expires 1966 

Leonard E. Ceglowski Term Expires 1967 

Parker Harrison, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Albert W. Koch Term Expires 1966 

George E. Neagle Term Expires 1965 

Helen L. Rhodes Term Expires 1966 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1965 

Meetings of the School Committees 

The Acton School Committee holds regular meetings on the first 
and third Mondays of each month and the Regional School Committee 
meets on the second and fourth Mondays. Both groups convene at the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School at 7:30 P. M. 

Tel. 
Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-5737 

Principals: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools 

Alice F. Hayes 3-4982 

Florence A. Merriam School 

Carolyn T. Douglas 3-2581 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 

Vice Principal, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Arthur J. Hayes 3-77 38 

Director of Guidance, Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M. D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Janet Loughlin 3-77 38 

Director of Cafeterias, Barbara T. Parks 3-7 977 

Director of Transportation, Salvatore Lipomi 3-2581 

Attendance Officer, David W. Scribner. 3-5221 

Secretaries: 

Barbara Butler, Health Office 3-7738 

Priscilla Felt, Superintendent's Office 3-5737 

Dorothy Hansen, McCarthy, Towne Schools 3-4982 

Molly Johnston, Superintendent's Office 3-5737 

Jane Lewis, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 



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Clarke Lindfors, High School Principal's Office . 3-77 38 

Mary Ott, Florence A. Merriam School 3-2 581 

Phyllis Sutherland, Guidance Office 3-77 38 

Cafeteria Staffs: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools: Martha Lowden, 
Manager; Gladys Cady, Emmie Corkum, Zita Jones, June Magoon, 
Constance McFarland, Marjorie Trebendis. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Mary Tuttle, Manager; Eva 
Campbell, Alice Castelline, Evelyn Hill, Gerd Jordan, Meredith 
Lambert, Theresa Landry, Helen Weisel. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Meimi Fullonton, Man- 
ager; Patricia Adams, Alberta Barron, Margaret Brennan, Veronica 
Brown, Anna D'ltalia, Jean Galluzzo, Florence Lowd, Norman Newsham, 
Marion Osterhoudt, Christine Scribner. 

Custodians: 

Julia L. McCarthy, Marion L. Towne Schools: John Conquest 
and Peter Smoltees. 

Florence A. Merriam School: Robert Graham and Paul Richardson. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Emery Nelson, Head 
Custodian, All Schools; Edward Lowd, Nathan Roberts, Peter Ryan, and 
Russell Wolfe. 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 1965-1966 



Reopening of All Schools 

Winter Recess 

Spring Recess 

Memorial Day 

Graduation 

Close of All Schools 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meeting 

Reopening of All Schools 

Teachers' Convention 

Veterans Day 

Thanksgiving Recess 

Christmas Holidays 

Reopening of All Schools 

Winter Recess 

Spring Recess 

Memorial Day 

Graduation 

Close of All Schools 



January 4, 1965 
February 22-26 
April 19-23 
May 30 
June 11 
June 22 

September 7 

September 8 

October 29 

November 11 

Noon, November 24, 25, 26 

December 23 

January 3, 1966 

February 21-25 

April 18-22 

May 30 

June 10 

June 21 



1-1-1-1 
2-2-2-2 



7:15 A. M. 
7:00 A. M. 



NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 

No School Acton Public Schools, Grades 1-6 
No School All Schools All Day 



54 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To The School Committees and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is presented my annual report as Superintendent of 
Schools for Acton and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. 

HOUSING 

Nineteen hundred and sixty-four was an important year for the 
Acton School Committee and the Acton-Boxborough Regional District 
School Committee in starting to solve the classroom shortages in the 
Acton Public Schools and the Regional School District. 

Ground was broken in October for the new Regional Junior High 
School, which should be completed by September, 1966. The building 
will house approximately 850 pupils in Grades 7, 8 and 9. 

The Acton School Committee and the Acton Building Committee 
have progressed to the point where thirty-three acres of land have been 
purchased for school sites. Plans call for two elementary schools to 
be constructed on the West Acton land, and the possibility of a third 
one, pending approval of the School Building Assistance Commission. 
Ground should be broken for the first school in the spring of 1965, and 
the building ready for occupancy in September 1966. The School Com- 
mittee will then initiate plans for the construction and equipping of a 
second elementary school, possibly in 1967. 

It should be noted that State Aid for Construction for the Acton 
Public Schools has been reduced from 50% to 48.5% effective January 1, 
1965. This reduction will not affect the elementary school scheduled 
for construction in 1965, as it was approved by the State prior to 
January 1, 1965. The Regional School District State Aid will remain at 
65%, which is the maximum grant. 

As each phase of the building program is completed, grade place- 
ments will change and the following schedule has been recommended 
by the Superintendent of Schools to the School Committees. The grade 
assignments are based on exact enrollments according to the latest 
census, October 1, 1964, and do not include any transfers of children 
into the schools during the next five years. 

ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

GRADE ASSIGNMENTS 1966 - 1969 

September 1966 

Total number of classrooms = 66. 

New Elementary School 20 

Merriam School 20 

McCarthy School 12 

Towne School 14 (5 not standard) 

Enrollment 

Grade 1 325) 

2 340) 1000 divided by 25 = 40 classrooms 

3 338) 



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55 



Grade 



4 
5 
6 



311) 

262) 573 divided by 30 = 20 classrooms 
275) (New Junior High) 
1851 



Sp. Class 



1858 
Special Classrooms Required = 



Classrooms, regular = 60 



2 reading 

1 special class 

1 speech 

1 teachers' room (Towne School) 



Special rooms = 



_5 
65 



September 1967 






Grade 1 
2 
3 


325) 

325) 990 divided by 25 = 

340) 


40 classrooms 


4 
5 
6 


338) 

311) 649 divided by 30 = 

262) (new Junior High) 

1901 
7 

1908 


22 classrooms 


Sp. Class 




Total Classrooms Needed = 62 
Special rooms - 5 

67 





September 1968 



Grade 



1 
2 
3 

4 
5 
6 



Sp. Class 



320) 

325) 970 divided by 25 = 40 classrooms 

325) 

340) 

338) 678 divided by 30 = 23 classrooms 

311) (new Junion High) 
1959 

7 

1966 



Total Classrooms Needed = 63 
Special rooms = 5 

68 

September 1969 - Second New Elementary School to Open 

2 Elementary Schools on Flerra Land = 40 classrooms 

Merriam School 
McCarthy School 

Towne School to house all sixth grades 

Grade 1 325) 

2 325) 

3 325) 1640 divided by 25 = 65 classrooms 

4 325) 

5 340) 
164(5" 



20 

72 



56 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Special Rooms - 2 remedial reading 2 

Speech 1 

Special Class 2 

Kindergarten 2 

72" 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS 

GRADE ASSIGNMENTS 1966 - 1970 



Junior High 






Senior High 


September 1966 (opening of Jr. 


H.) 






Grade 7 284 (28 Box.) 
8 282 (28 Box.) 
6 275 (All Acton) 


Grade 9 
10 
11 
12 


269 
231 
183 
179 




841 




862 




September 1967 








Grade 7 315 (40 Box.) 
8 284 (28 Box.) 
6 262 (All Acton) 


Grade 9 
10 
11 
12 


282 
269 
231 
183 





861 965 

September 1968 



Grade 7 
8 
6 


295 (33 Box.) 
315 (40 Box.) 
311 (All Acton) 


Grade 9 
10 
11 
12 


284 
282 
269 
231 




921 




1066 


September 


1969 






Grade 7 
8 


351 (40 Box.) 
295 (33 Box.) 


Grade 9 
10 
11 
12 


315 
284 
282 
269 




646 




1150 


September 


1970 






Grade 7 
8 


372 (34 Box.) 
351 (40 Box.) 


Grade 9 
10 
11 
12 


295 
315 
284 
282 



723 1176 

TEACHERS 1 SALARIES 

Both school budgets show a marked increase in Instruction, 
because of the recent State Law which increased the minimum teachers 1 
salaries to $5,000.00, effective September 1965. To compete with other 
fine school systems it is necessary to have an attractive salary sch- 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 57 

edule to interest and retain the better teachers. 

Listed below are the State minimums from 1945 to the present: 

1945 1200.00 1958 3600.00 

1949 2100.00 1959 4000.00 (effective 9/1/60) 

1951 2300.00 1962 4500.00 (effective 1/1/63) 

1952 2500.00 1965 5000.00 (effective 9/1/65) 
1956 3000.00 

The Superintendent of Schools is continuously interviewing teacher 
candidates, both on the school premises and at colleges during the 
entire year. Our teacher turnover each year is similar to other towns, 
approximately 25%. Therefore, on the average thirty teachers are 
hired each year, either to replace members who have resigned or as 
additions to the staff because of increased enrollment. 

At this time I should like to extend special thanks to Mrs. Anne H. 
Rimbach, who retired as Director of the Cafeterias, after fifteen years 
of loyal service to the Acton Public Schools and the Regional School 
District. 

Mrs. Katherine P. Matsen, since 1951 a member of our faculty, 
retired this past December. Mrs. Matsen has been very conscientious 
and hard working, both as a fifth grade teacher and more recently as 
elementary school librarian. 

Mr. Frank Wilson, a loyal and dedicated custodian at the High 
School, passed away during the year. We shall always remember him 
for his persistence in overcoming tremendous odds. 

CONCLUSION 

In closing I wish to express my appreciation to the School Com- 
mittees and the various town boards that have worked so closely with 
the school department in solving some of our problems. Also, a word 
of thanks to all the personnel in the school department who have work- 
ed long hours to continue to offer the best possible education for our 
students. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL 

Superintendent of Schools 

* * # * 

SCHOOL FINANCES - 1964 

Received - To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $ 45,823.25 

State Aid for Public Schools 127,572.64 

Federal Aid 18,439.00 

Education of Handicapped 4,885.99 

$196,720.88 



58 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated, March, 1964: 



Acton Public Schools $534,439.00 

Regional School District . . . 475,156.86 



Total Amount Expended from Appropriations: 

Acton Public Schools $528,689.73 

Regional School District. . . 468,220.05 



$1,009,595.85 



$996,909.78 



Expended for Operation in 1964 

High Elementary Total 

Instruction $393,091.77 $417,957.92 $ 811,049.69 

Plant Operation and 

Maintenance 38,705.65 42,466.41 81,172.06 

Non-Instructional. . . . 12,971.69 4,947.68 17,919.37 

General Control 12,523.07 12,042.36 24,565.43 

Blanchard Aud. Lease . 6,100.06 — 6,100.06 

Contingencies 394.54 694.41 1,088.95 

Transportation 41,425.10 47,629.18 89,054.50 

$505,211.88 $525,738.18 $1,030,950.06* 

*This figure includes expenditures from appropriation and federal 
Funds, and the regional transportation reimbursement for Acton. 

Gross cost per high 
school pupil (1077) 469.10 

Gross cost per elemen- 
tary school pupil (1698) 309.62 

Gross cost per pupil (2775) 371.51 

Gross Cost of Operation 
(as above) $505,211.88 $525,738.18 $1,030,950.06 

Less State Receipts 80,685.79 97,596.09 178,281.88 

$424,526.09 $428,142.09 $ 852,668.18 

Net cost per high 
school pupil (1077) 394.18 

Net cost per elemen- 
tary school pupa (1698) 252.15 

Net cost per pupil (2775) 307.27 

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS - 1964 
Acton Public Schools 

1. Purchase of land in West Acton for future elementary schools. 

2. Preliminary plans for the construction and equipping of a twenty 
room elementary school (ground should be broken in Spring of 1965). 

3. Adoption of modern mathematics in Grades 1, 2 and 3. 

4. Introduction of McKee reading series in Grades 1, 2 and 3. 

5. Appointment of a physical education instructor in the primary 
grades. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 59 

6. Music department string program extended to Grades 5 and 6. 
Remedial reading program broadened in primary grades. 



7. 
8. 



1. 
2. 
3; 

4. 

5. 
6. 

7. 

8. 

9. 



Sixth grade band selected to perform at the Massachusetts Music 
Educators Association Convention at New Bedford. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Ground broken for the construction and equipping of a Regional 
Junior High School. 

Appointment of Arthur J. Hayes as Principal of the new junior 
high school. 

Courses added to high school curriculum: (a) BSCS - Biology, 
Science Curriculum Study, Grades 9, 10, 11; (b) Russian, Grades 
11 and 12. 

Introduction of music department string program in Grades 7 
through 12. 

Junior varsity football team winner of Dual County League. 

Varsity baseball team winner of State Championship. 

Experiment in academic classes, Grades 7 and 10. In Grade 7, 
class of thirty all girls, class of thirty all boys; in Grade 10, class 
of thirty all girls, twenty-five all boys. 

The "Torch" (Yearbook), winner of first place in Columbia Univers- 
ity Press Association competition. 

Foreign student, Miss Nit Ton, from Thailand, fourth student to 
attend the Regional High School under the auspices of Acton- 
Boxborough Chapter of the American Field Service. 

MEMBERS OF THE ACTON FACULTY 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. ! Connell 
Principal, McCarthy, Towne Schools, Alice F. Hayes 
Principal, Merriam School, Carolyn T. Douglas 



Name 

Clara Ballantine 
Patricia Davis 
Catherine Donahue 
Phyllis Foss 
Louise Harzigian 
Sheila Nee 

Lois Nichols 
Helene Sacks 
Ellen Sansone 
Carol Tolpa 
Judith Walker 
Dorothy Bunker 
Helen deCoste 
Linda Desmarais 



Professional Training 



Degree Grade 



Western Reserve University 


BS 




Lesley College 


BS 




Wheelock College 


BS 




Fitchburg State College 


BS 




Lowell State College 


BS 




College of Our Lady of 






the Elms 


BA 




Lowell State College 


BS 




Cornell University 


BS 




Lesley College 


BS 




Rhode Island College 


BS 




Lesley College 


BS 




Jackson College 


AB 


II 


Lesley College 




H 


Boston University 


BS 


II 



60 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Name 

Elizabeth Flint 
Janice Fullonton 
Anne Jones 
Margery Lewis 
Nancy Lyons 
Alice O'Hearn 
Angela Theodore 
Madeline Viens 
Margaret Barrett 
Florence Betcher 

Carole Cochin 
Jean Com stock 
Eileen Gilroy 
Carol Keenan 
Mildred Kelly 

Joan LeSage 
Mary Marcotte 
Donna Baranowski 
Shirley Brown 
Madeleine Kingston 
Marlene MacLeod 
Jean Messa 
Janice Morgan 
Susan Renhult 
Jennie Richards 

Ruth Thompson 
Dorothy Bonner 
Camilla Chickering 
Ann Grant 
Nancy Joslin 

Nancy Lapham 

Susan Neisuler 
Paulette Rackow 
Nancy Wadsworth 
*Mary Zabierek 
Louise Ewing 
Patricia Goodrich 

Jane Gottschalk 

Salvatore Lipomi 

James Palavras 

Barbara Parker 
Helen Smith 
Margaret Woodin 



Ann Geikie 
Linda Harding 



Professional Training 

Framingham State College 
Fitchburg State College 
Wellesley College 
University of Massachusetts 
Ohio University 
Lowell State College 
Boston University 
College of New Rochelle 
Lowell State College 
Gordon College 
Boston University 
Boston University 
Wheelock College 
Lowell State College 
St. Lawrence University 
Florence (S.C.) Teachers 
College 

Fitchburg State College 
Lowell State College 
Lowell State College 
Lowell State College 
Fitchburg State College 
Boston University 
Jackson College 
Fitchburg State College 
Jackson College 
Lowell State College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
Lesley College 
Middlebury College 
Lesley College 
Wellesley College 
Mount Hollyoke College 
Boston University 
Lake Erie College 
Boston University 
Boston University 
Elmira College 
Elmira College 
College of New Rochelle 
Westfield State College 
Smith College 
Northeastern University 
Pembroke College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
Lowell State College 
Tufts College 
Boston University 
Fitchburg State College 
Boston University 
Smith College 
St. Mary ! s College (Indiana) 

SPECIAL FIELDS 

St. Lawrence University 

Boston University 



Degree Grade 



BS 


II 


BS 


II 


BA 


II 


BA 


H 


BS 


II 


BS, M.Ed 


.11 


BS 


II 


AB 


II 


BS 


III 


BR Ed. 




M.Ed. 


III 


BS 


IH 


BS 


III 


BS 


III 


AB 


III 


BS 


HI 


BS 


HI 


BS 


III 


BS 


IV 


BA 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BA 


IV 


BS, M.Ed 


.IV 


BA 


IV 


BS 


IV 


M. Ed. 




BS 


IV 


AB 


V 


BS 


V 


AB 


V 


AB 


V 


M.Ed. 




BA 




Ed.M. 


V 


BA 


V 


BS 


V 


BS 


V 


AB 


V 


BS 


VI 


BA 


VI 


Ed.M. 




AB 




M.Ed. 


VI 


BS 




M.Ed. 


VI 


BA 




M.Ed. 


VI 


BS, M.Ed 


.VI 


BA 


VI 


BA 


VI 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


BM 


Vocal Music 



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61 



Name 

Jeanne Haskell 
Grace Leonard 
Clelia Lerro 

Janet Loughlin 

Agnes Manning 

Dorothy Mather 

Katherine Mats en 
Kathleen Moult on 
Julith Pennington 
Ruth Proctor 

George Revelas 

Sara Ann Soracco 

Albert Stonkus 



Professional Training 

Anna Maria College 
University of Kentucky 
Massachusetts College 

of Art 
New England Deaconess 



Degree Grade 

BA Vocal Music 

B A, M.Ed. Guidance 



BFA 



Art 



Hospital 


RN 


Nurse 


Salem State College 


BS 


Remedial 
Reading 


State College, West 






Chester, Pa. 


BS 


Physical 
Education 


Smith College 


BA 


Librarian 


Regis College 


BA 


French 


Manhattan School of Music 


BM 


String Music 


Radcliffe College 


AB 


Director of 


Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 


Lowell State College 


BS 


Instrumental 
Music 


Boston College 


BS 


Opportunity 
Class 


Boston University 


BS 


Physical 
Education 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 
District Superintendent, William L. O f Connell 



Name 



Raymond Grey 
Arthur Hayes 



Ruth Proctor 

Stuart Adler 

Janice Bacon 
Charles Battit 
Jeanne Berard 



Professional Training 

Tufts University 
University of Mississippi 
Stanford University 
Harvard University 
Radcliffe College 
Boston University 
Cornell University 
Boston University 
Smith College 
Boston University 
University of Connecticut 



Degree Grade 



Frank Blomberg Springfield College 

University of Massachusetts 
Judith Bookbinder Queens College 

Margaret Boornazian Burdett College 
Frances Borelli Emmanuel College 

Frances Boyle Framingham State College 



Daniel Boylen 

Eleanor Brown 

Mary Campbell 
Marietta Cannon 

Carolyn Carlson 
Robert Clever 



Boston University 

Wheaton College 
Boston University 
Immaculata College 
Emmanuel College 
Boston College 
Kutztown State College 
University of Illinois 



AB, MS 


Principal 


BA 


Vice 


MA 


Principal 


AM 


Social Studies 


AB 


Director of 


M. Ed. 


Guidance 


AB 


Head of 


M. E. 


English Dept. 


BA 


Mathematics 


BA 


Science 


BS 


Home Econ- 




omics 


BS 




M. Ed. 


Social Studies 


BA 


Art 




Business 


BA 


Science 


BS 


Home 




Economics 


BS,M.Ed. 


Physical 




Education 


BA 




M.Ed. 


Guidance 


AB 


Social Studies 


AB 




AM 


Mathematics 


BS 


Mathematics 


AB,M.Ed. 


Guidance 



62 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Professional Training 

Boston College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
University of Maine 
Boston University- 
State College, East 
Stroudsburg, Pa. 
Skidmore College 
Colorado College 
Fitchburg State College 
Newton College of the 
Sacred Heart 
Radcliffe College 
Springfield College 
Wellesley College 
Smith College 
Wellesley College 
Fitchburg State College 
Boston University 
University of Massachusetts 
Emmanuel College 
University of Pennsylvania 
Simmons College 
Mass. Institute of Technology 
Harvard University 
Boston University 
Stonehill College 
University of Kentucky 
rakis Boston University 



Lawrence College 

Boston University 

Simmons College 

Lowell Technological Institute BS 



Name 

Robert Coan 

William Cumming 
Helen Detsch 
Pauline Farren 

Marguerite Flood 
Merrie Foote 
Alan Foresman 
Susan Frisbee 

Joanne Garduno 
James Gifford 
Jo Anne Green 
Priscilla Guyton 
Gladys Henrikson 
Francis Holahan 
Judyth Holton 
Bert Hubley 
Mary Keefe 

Theodora Kelley 
Mason King 

Jeffrey Kowal 
Theresa LeBlanc 
Grace Leonard 
Constantine Limbe 

Judith Mack 

Donald MacLeod 

Janet Mahoney 

Robert Mahoney 

Antoinette McAllister Florida State University 



Degree Grade 



Lawrence McNulty 
Dorothy Mather 

Robert Morris 

Ellen Newell 

William Petkewich 

Jacqueline Phaneuf 

Ray Pillivant 

^Francis Pratt 

George Revelas 

Kristen Sage 
Jane Shuffelton 

Isadore Stearns 

Ralph Stetson 



Boston University 
State College, 
West Chester, Pa. 
Boston University 

Wellesley College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Lowell State College 
University of New Hampshire 
U. S. Military Academy 
George Washington University 
Eastern Nazarene College 
Harvard University 
Lowell State College 

Smith College 
Radcliffe College 
Harvard School of Ed. 
University of Maine 

Northeastern University 



BA 




MAT 


Social Studies 


BS 


Mathematics 


BS,M.Ed. 


English 


BS 


French 


BA 


English 


BA 


French 


BS,M.Ed. 


Social Studies 


BA 


English 


AB 


Librarian 


BS 


Social Studies 


BA 


Latin 


BA 


French 


BA 


Social Studies 


BS 


Industrial Art 


AB 


English 


BS 


Science 


AB 


Head of 


MS,Ed. 


Math.Dept. 


BS 


Social Studies 


BS 




AMT 


Science 


BA 


Science 


AB 


Art 


BA, MA 


Guidance 


BM 


Director of 




Music 


BA 


English 


AB 


Science 


BS 


English Speech 


BS 


Mathematics 


AB 


Spanish 




English 


BA,M.Ed. 


. Social Studies 


BS 


Physical 




Education 


BA,MA 


Head of Lang- 




uage Dept. 


AB 




AMT 


English 


BS 




M.Ed. 


Guidance 


BS 




MA 


French 


BS 




MA 


Mathematics 


BS 


Head of Social 


M. Ed. 


Studies Dept. 


BS 


Instrumental 




Music 


BA 


English 


AB 


French 


AMT 


Russian 


BS 


Physical 




Education 




Industrial Arts 



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63 



Name 

Albert Stonkus 

James Sullivan 
Dorothy Tuller 

^Caroline Vattes 

Henry Wall 

Beatrice Ziegler 

*On leave of absence 



Professional Training 

Boston University 

Merrimack College 
Boston University 

Mass. College of Art 
Columbia University 
Salem State College 
Boston University 
Springfield College 



Degree Grade 



BS 


Physical 




Education 


BA 


Science 


BS, M.Ed 


. Remedial 




Reading 


BS 




MA 


Art 


BS 




M. Ed. 


Business 


BS 


Science 



REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

I am pleased to submit herewith my annual report as Principal of 
the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 



Grade 


January 


February 


March 


April 


May 


June 


7 


232 


235 


234 


234 


233 


232 


8 


193 


193 


191 


192 


192 


190 


9 


172 


173 


172 


171 


170 


167 


10 


165 


164 


163 


162 


162 


159 


11 


171 


171 


171 


168 


167 


166 


12 


137 


138 


137 


136 


136 


136 


Post Graduate 


1 


1 


1 


1 


1 


1 



Total 



1071 



1075 



1069 



1064 1061 1051 



rade 




Septeir. 


iber 


October 


November 


December 


7 




270 




268 


269 


266 


8 




225 




229 


231 


231 


9 




184 




184 


183 


183 


10 




180 




179 


179 


177 


11 




156 




156 


155 


155 


12 




168 




168 


168 


168 


ost G 


raduate 


1 




1 


1 


1 



Total 



1184 



1186 



1186 



1181 



The secondary school curriculum seems to have undergone more 
changes in the past ten years than in any previous decade. The so- 
called explosion of knowledge, the dominance of science and technology, 
the need for greater international awareness and understanding, the 
pressures of college admissions, the constant barrage of criticism 
leveled at public education have been responsible for the curriculum 
changes within the secondary school. What changes are taking place 
at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School? 

A. Languages 

1. Four years of French now available and in the next two years 
we feel that due to our offering French in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 that 
we shall be offering the equivalent of five years of French. 



Three years of Spanish. 



64 229th ANNUAL, REPORT OF 

3. Two years of Russian may be elected. 

4. We also offer four years of Latin. 

B. Mathematics 

1. We are in the process of making available Modern Mathematics 
to all students in grades 7 and 8. 

2. All Algebra I students are now using Modern Algebra. 

3. In the next three years, Geometry and Algebra II will change to 
Modern Mathematics Texts. 

4. By 1966 we are planning to offer an "Advanced Placement" 
Senior Mathematics Course. 

5. Department has had regular meetings to discuss offerings. 

C. History 

1. New Geography texts are being introduced in grade 7. 

2. Problems of Democracy a grade 12 course has been changed 
to "American Government". 

Our reason being that we feel that more seniors should take 
a course covering local, state and national government. We 
are also of the opinion that not all students should take the 
strenuous "international Relations" course. 

D. Science 

1 . Modern Biology is being introduced in the form of the new 
Biology Science Curriculum Study Program and we have moved 
some of Biology to the grade nine level. 

2. An "Advanced Biology" course is now in its second year. 

3. By 1966 we hope to make this "Advanced Biology" an "Advanced 
Placement" course which will make it possible for students 

who are in the course to take the CEEB examination for college 
credit. 

E. English 

1. Spelling and vocabulary are being stressed in grades 7 and 8. 
We have purchased new texts in these areas. 

2. Literature offerings have been improved and increased at the 
junior high level. 

3. English department has been meeting regularly to evaluate 
composition work, literature offerings and grammar. 

The improvement of curriculum is a principals greatest challenge. 
Curriculum goals should be contemplated within the framework of 
school system policy and procedure and what is best for the students 
in the school. Changes in curriculum should not be instituted for the 
mere sake of change; for we must remember that they effect the students 
in our school. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 65 

May I express my appreciation to Mr. O'Connell, Superintendent of 
Schools, and to the School Committee for their cooperation and faith. 
I also wish to extend my gratitude to the faculty, guidance staff, secre- 
tarial staff, custodians and cafeteria group. I consider it a real priv- 
ilege to be associated with a fine student-body. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND J. GREY 
Principal 

* # * # 

REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

January 15, 1965 

Mr. William O'Connell 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. O'Connell: 

The annual physical examinations were completed in November. 
Special examinations for students participating in organized athletics 
were conducted at the beginning of the school year. Parents were 
notified of orthopedic, dental, and medical problems as encountered. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, clinics were held for 
Tuberculin Testing, Diphtheria, Tetanus immunization and oral 
administration of poliomyelitis vaccine. 

I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers and school and town 
nurses for their cooperation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M. D. 
# # # $ 

REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 
from 
January to December 1964, Inclusive 

The annual screening of the total student body for hearing and vision 
difficulties has been completed. Retesting was done on all those who 
failed the initial test or were questionable. Parents of those who failed 
the retest were notified by mail. 

Vision Hearing 

2738 - - tested 2741 

232 - - failed retest - 60 

Genuine thanks are extended to Mrs. Larsen for the fine job of testing 
she did. 

In March, Diptheria Tetanus immunization was offered by the Board 



66 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

of Health to grades 1, 5, 9 and special class. 384 or 51% of the eligible 
students received the booster. In November, protection was again 
offered to the same grades with the addition of grade 12, and 445 or 
46% of these students were immunized. 

Tuberculin testing, done during each school year, was not done dur- 
ing the 1964 calendar year. The last such clinic was held in November 
1963 for grades 1, 4, 7 and 11; and the next is scheduled for March 1965. 

Two Pre -School clinics were held during April. Of approximately 
330 children to begin first grade in September, 85 received the physical 
examination by the school physician, Dr. Paul Gates. 

Beginning the first full week of school and continuing into early 
November, Dr. Gates examined candidates for competitive athletics, 
including cheerleading, all students in grades 4, 7 and 10, and also those 
students who had not had an examination in the past three years. As 
required by law, parents were notified of any medical or dental defect. 
In addition, a special clinic was held August 26, at which time students 
wishing to participate in football practice the week prior to the open- 
ing of school, were examined by Dr. Gates. A total of 1160 pupils 
were examined. 

During the past year daily visits to the three schools have covered 
sickness, communicable disease check and accidents. Of 277 reported 
accidents, 93 were covered by school insurance. 

With nearly 3000 students, an effective health program is far from 
being a one person job. The secretaries in the several schools - Mrs. 
Hansen, Mrs. Ott and Mrs. Lewis have given invaluable help as First - 
Aiders, as did Mrs. Johnston before her transfer from the Health 
Office. Thanks also are extended to the administration, Dr. Gates and 
Mrs. Hale, whose help and cooperation have greatly contributed to a 
sound health program for the students of this community. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JANET B. LOUGHLIN, R. N. 



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68 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

GRADUATION EXERCISES 
June 5, 1964 

Salutatorian Donald Shelley 

Valedictorian Richard Armstrong 

Scholarship Awards: 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Alumni Association Scholarship 
Richard Armstrong Rice University- 

Janet McLaughlin Pembroke College 

Blanchard Memorial Scholarship 

Barbara Custance Vanderbilt University 

Elizabeth Robinson State College at Framingham 

Jo Ann Hartshorn University of Massachusetts 

James Vinal University of Massachusetts 

Lorna Towne Boston University 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship 

Stephen Sm alley University of Massachusetts 

Acton Garden Club Scholarship 

Richard Bailey Paul Smith's College 

Acton Parent -Teacher Association Scholarship 

Maureen Wall State College at Bridgewater 

Acton Rotary Club Scholarship 

Andrea Gibson Merrimack College 

Donald Shelley Clem son University 

Acton Firemen's Association Scholarship 

Gail Fraser Pacific University 

Harry Gould University of Massachusetts 

Acton Lions Club Scholarship 

June Knight Defiance College 

Carmine Sarno Boston College 

Acton Teachers Association 

Deirdre McCullough Northeastern University 

John E. Donelan Scholarship 

Larry Roberts University of Massachusetts 

Irving S. Duren, Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

I Donald Lindquist Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

Littleton Regional 4-H Scholarship 

Stephen Smalley University of Massachusetts 

Webber-Fiske Parent -Teachers Association Scholarship 

Maureen Wall State College at Bridgewater 

Edwards -Quimby Post No. 284 American Legion Medals 

Donald Shelley Clem son University 

Betsy McElvein Middlebury College 

Harvard Club of Concord Book Prize 
Edward Boyden 
Class of 1965 

Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal 

Donald Shelley Clemson University 

Bausch and Lomb Medal 

Donald Shelley Clemson University 

Daughters of the American Revolution Award 

Betsy McElvein Middlebury College 

Outstanding Senior of the Class of 1964 
Donald Shelley 

Award for Mathematics 
Donald Shelley 

National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: Ellen Andersen, Richard Armstrong, Robert Balmat, John Barrer, 



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69 



Richard Beddoe, Laura Bouley, Barbara distance, Andrea 
Gibson, Harry Gould, JoAnn Hartshorn, Caroline Horrocks, 
Andrew Kelly, June Knight, Sue Anne Lapierre, John MacPhee, 
Dierdre McCullough, Betsy McElvein, James McKenna, Janet 
McLaughlin, Karen Nylander, Pauline Oman, Donald Platine, 
Larry Roberts, Elizabeth Robinson, Donald Shelley, Dorothy 
Stewart, Kenneth Stowell, James Vinal, Maureen Wall, 
Marilyn Ward, David Westphalen. 

Juniors: Susan Abbt, Cynthia Allen, Elizabeth Allred, John Barry, 

Martha Bean, Lynne Belmont, Mary Boardman, Edward Boyden, 
Donna Brumm, Jacqueline Davis, Vivian Erkkinen, Margaret 
Gregoritch, Beth Hartman, Elaine Iodice, Karen Jensen, 
Nancy Knight, Stephanie Lord, Linda Lowe, Barbara MacDonald, 
Thomas McPhee, Laraine Moland, Susan Ott, Barbara Pres- 
ton, Helen Richardson, Sarah Schoch, Donna Shumaker, 
Frances Simeone, Charles Smart, Patricia Staples, Therese 
Wall, Geradee Westley, Steven Williamson. 

CLASS OF 1964 



Kenneth Walter Abbt 
Frida Carolina Adams 
Dale Margaret Andersen 
Ellen Christine Andersen 
Richard Joseph Armstrong 
Richard Paul Bailey 
Donna Sue Bakstran 
Robert Essebe Balmat 
Sandra Kay Barnett 
John Nicholas Barrer 
Michael Earl Barton 
Richard Anthony Barry 
Richard Alan Beddoe 
Jacqueline Bonomini 
Laura Anne Bouley 
William Millikin Bowen, Jr. 
Stanley Broadbent 
Judy Ann Brown 
Lynne Wood Brown 
Nancy Dorothy Chernak 
Grace Veronica Cobleigh 
Sheila Lynne Cobleigh 
Stephen Paul Cornwall 
Joseph J. Coughlan 
Patricia Ann Curtin 
Barbara Louise Custance 
Francis Joseph Dillon, III 
Annette Gale Dionne 
Patricia Ann D' Italia 
Kenneth Barry Dobkin 
Mark Tuttle Douglas 
Daniel Francis Duddy 
Helen Frances Ey 
Stephen Arthur Feltus 
Edward Morrison Ferry, Jr. 
David Clement Flint 
Christopher John Flynn 
James Delmar Ford 
Michael Allen Foskett 



Gail Elizabeth Fraser 

Donald Phillip Gates 

Andrea Jean Gibson 

Virginia Ruth Gillmore 

Harry Paul Gould 

Larraine Elizabeth Granberg 

Jeanne Marie Gubser 

Cheryl Theresa Hammond 

JoAnn Catherine Hartshorn 

Julian S. Hartwell 

Amber Jane Hayward 

Susan Lee Hedin 

Dianne Pauline Heyliger 

Robert Kenneth Hill 

Nicola Marie Teresa Hnatio 

Henry Joseph Hogan, III 

Caroline E. Horrocks 

Albert Thomas Jenks 

Grace Anne Jones 

Andrew Lee Kelly, Jr. 

June Wynell Knight 

James Robert Krieger 

Sue Anne Lapierre 

Marilyn Rita LeClerc 

Donald Edwin Lindquist 

John Hugh Laviers Lloyd 

David Alan Locke 

Shirley Ann Lowd 

Linda Gail MacLeod 

John Paul MacPhee 

James Ralph MacRae 

Bruce Crozier Macsata 

Sandra Marie Manning 

Beverly Ann Mason 

Deirdre Margaret McCullough 

Betsy McElvein 

James Orrin McKenna 

Janet Lee McLaughlin 

John Thomas McNiff 



70 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



David James McPhee 
Donald Godfrey McPherson 
Charles Vaughn Mesrobian 
Ian Adrian Millar 
Michael John Mitchell 
Sharon Ann Mitchell 
Cheryl Moore 
Lynda Warner Moulton 
Richard Paul Muise 
Judith Ann Mulvey 
Diane Linda Nedza 
Jane Ann Nelson 
Carolyn Ruth Newell 
Joyce Newman 
John Alan Noftle 
Karen Elizabeth Nylander 
Pauline Marie Oman 
David Anthony Palaima 
Vincent Arthur Paradis, Jr. 
Donald Gordon Platine 
Larry Gerald Prentiss 
Daniel Emerson Prowten 
Helen Claire Pryor 
Carl John Ribeiro 
John Eliot Richardson 
Pamela Jane Richter 
Lawrence Reeder Roberts 
Elizabeth Keith Robinson 



Mitchelle Jeanne St. Martin 

Carmine Francis Sarno 

Cheryl Ann Schontag 

Stephen Conrad Schwarm 

Donald Winburn Shelley 

Stephen Allen Smalley 

Travis Laurence Smith 

Ursula Scot Spence 

Harold Richard Stanley 

David Dean Starr 

Dorothy Christine Stewart 

Kenneth Charles Stowell, Jr. 

James Mott Tinker 

Lucius Clark Tolman 

Lorna Ruth Towne 

Teresa Marie Antoinette Vanaria 

Lester Bixby Veenstra 

James Williams Vinal 

Maureen Anne Wall 

Barbara Kay Walsh 

Marilyn Jane Ward 

James Alfred Warren 

Susan Mills Watts 

Karl David Westphalen 

Dorothy Jean Wheeler 

Constance Whitcomb 

Valerie Anne Woodard 

John Patrick Young 



SUMMARY OF PLACEMENT 



CLASS OF 


1964 






No. 


% 


Four-year colleges 


69 


51.49 


Junior colleges 


9 


6.72 


Professional Schools of Nursing 


3 


2.24 


Technical Schools 


1 


.75 


Specialized Schools 






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11 


8.21 


Preparatory Schools or P. G. Course 


4 


2.97 


Work 


20 


14.93 


Service 


8 


5.97 


Marriage 


3 


2.24 


Not Known 


6 


4.48 



134 



100.00 



Four-year Colleges: 

American International College, Beloit College, Boston College, 
Boston University, Bouve-Boston School, State College at Bridgewater, 
Cardinal Cushing College, Case Institute of Technology, Clarkson 
College of Technology, Clemson College, Colby College, University of 
Colorado, Concordia Teachers College, The Defiance College, State 
College at Fitchburg, State College at Framingham, Ithaca College, 
Western Kentucky State College, Lesley College, Linfield College, 
Lycoming College, University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts College 
of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Massachusetts Maritime 
Academy, Merrimack College, Middlebury College, Nasson College, 
University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Norwich Univer- 
sity, Oberlin College, Pacific University, Pembroke College, Pratt 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 71 

Institute, Purdue University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice Univer' 
sity, Springfield College, Tufts University, Vanderbilt University, 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Wheaton College (Mass.), Wheelock 
College, College of William and Mary, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Junior Colleges: 

Cambridge Jr. College, Chamberlayne Jr. College, Fisher Jr. 
College, Paul Smith ! s College, Quinsigamond Community College, 
Worcester Jr. College. 

Professional Schools of Nursing: 

Lawrence Memorial Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 

Technical Schools: 

Greer Technical Institute, Wentworth Institute. 

Specialized Schools: 

Chamberlain School of Retailing, Chandler School for Women, Glen 
Cove Bible School, H. H. Ellis Regional Vocational Technical School, 
Mansfield Beauty Academy, Shepard-Gill School of Practical Nursing, 
Ward Schools, Westboro State Hospital School of Practical Nursing. 

Private Preparatory Schools: 

The Hinckley School, Newman Preparatory School. 

ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Proposed Budget for 1965 

January 1 - December 31, 1965 

AD MINISTR AT ION 

School Committee $ 300.00 

Salaries 11,900.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 250.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 150.00 

School Census 150.00 

Miscellaneous 450.00 

TOTAL ADMINISTRATION $ 13,400.00 

INSTRUCTION 

Present Staff Salaries $425,861.00 

Additional Staff Needed (3) 6,000.00 

Substitutes 7,000.00 

Conferences 300.00 

Textbooks 6,862.00 

Supplies 13,541.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL INSTRUCTION $460,564.00 



72 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE 

Salaries $ 21,160.00 

Supplies 3,000.00 

Fuel 6,500.00 

Water 475.00 

Gas 1,250.00 

Electricity 7,200.00 

Rentals 5,702.00 

Telephones 650.00 

Maintenance Equipment 5,000.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE $ 51,937.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES 

Libraries $ 1,400.00 

Salaries - Health Department 4,200.00 

Eye and Ear Tests 400.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES $ 6,450.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY 

Furniture -pupils 1 desks and chairs. . . .$ 1,000.00 
Music -Instruments and Equipment. . . . 2,040.00 
Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY $ 3,540.00 

TRANSPORTATION 

Pupil Transportation $ 51,030.00 

Field Trips 1,000.00 

Contingencies 1,950.00 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 53,980.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND $ 1,000.00 

SUMMARY 

ADMINISTRATION $ 13,400.00 

INSTRUCTION 460,564.00 

PLANT OPERATION AND 

MAINTENANCE 51,937.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES .... 6,450.00 

CAPITAL OUTLAY 3,540.00 

TRANSPORTATION 53,980.00 

CONTINGENCY FUND 1,000.00 

$590,871.00 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1965 

ADMINISTRATION 

School Committee $ 400.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 73 

Salaries 13,500.00 

Conference Attendance 150.00 

Expendable Supplies 400.00 

Printing and Advertising 30.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 100.00 

School Census 150.00 

Related Insurance 183.00 

Miscellaneous 900.00 

TOTAL ADMINISTRATION $ 15,813.00 

INSTRUCTION 

Present Staff Salaries. . . . $429,912.00 

Additional Staff 2,000.00 

Sabbatical Leave Substitutes 4,000.00 

Substitute Teachers. ...... 3,000.00 

Conferences and Travel. . . . 600.00 

Related Insurance 5,480.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 



Total Salaries and Related Expenses... 445,992.00 

Textbooks 

Art $ 100.00 

Business 300.00 

English 1,000.00 

Guidance 150.00 

Home Economics 125.00 

Industrial Arts 100.00 

Languages 2,000.00 

Mathematics 1,000.00 

Music 422.00 

Orientation 80.00 

Remedial Reading 200.00 

Science 1,000.00 

Social Studies 1,000.00 

Supplementary Reading. . . 1,000.00 

Miscellaneous 1,500.00 

Total Textbooks 9,977.00 

Instructional Supplies (Specific) 

Art $ 1,400.00 

Audio-Visual Aids 600.00 

Business 200.00 

Guidance 1,000.00 

Home Economics 2,000.00 

Industrial Arts 2,000.00 

Mathematics 155.00 

Health 450.00 

Music 1,524.00 

Physical Education 700.00 

Science 1,700.00 

Total Supplies (Specific) 11,729.00 

Instructional Supplies (General) 4,000.00 

TOTAL EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION $471,698.00 



74 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

OPERATION OF PLANT 

Salaries $ 17,050.00 

Supplies 3,500.00 

Fuel 7,000.00 

Water 350.00 

Gas 625.00 

Electricity 6,000.00 

Plowing 1,000.00 

Telephones 1,500.00 

Related Insurance 488.00 

Miscellaneous 500.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF PLANT $ 38,013.00 

MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 

Instructional Equipment $ 1,200.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 1,500.00 

Replacements 2,250.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT $ 5,250.00 

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES 

Library $ 4,000.00 

Salaries - Health Department 4,200.00 

Eye and Ear Tests 200.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Middlesex County Retirement 

System Assessment 4,000.00 

Insurance 3,800.00 

Related Insurance 132.00 

Miscellaneous 700.00 

TOTAL NON-INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES $ 17,182.00 

OUTLAY 

Music -Instruments and Equipment. ... $ 748.00 
Miscellaneous 400.00 

TOTAL OUTLAY $ 1,148.00 

TR ANSPORT AT ION 

Pupil Transportation $ 48,707.00 

Field Trips 700.00 

Contingencies 2,800.00 

TOTAL TRANSPORTATION $ 52,207.00 

SPECIAL CHARGES 

70% Blanchard Auditorium 1964 Operating Expense $ 6,807.00 

MISCELLANEOUS $ 1,000.00 

RECAPITULATION 

Administration $ 15,813.00 

Instruction 471,698.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 75 

Operation of Plant $ 38,013.00 

Maintenance of Plant 5,250.00 
Non-Instructional Services 17,182.00 

Outlay 1,148.00 

Transportation 52,207.00 

Special Charges 6,807.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION $609, 11 8.00 
CAPITAL COST , DEBT SERVICE 303,860.00 

NON-CLASSIFIED , SCHOOL ATHLETIC FUND 8,914.00 

GRAND TOTAL $921,892.00 

GROSS OPERATING BUDGET $609,118.00 

Less (1) Bal. 1964 Op. Budget 7,614.49 
(2) 63-64 Transportation 

Reimbursement 31,429.55 39,044.04 



$570,073.96 



DEBT SERVICE 



Interest 93,860.00 

Less: Accrued Interest (ABRJHS Bond Issue) 1,219.17 

$ 92,640.83 
Maturing Debt $210,000.00 

Less: State Aid 128,600.00 

Bal. of Premium on Loan (ABRJHS 
Bond Issue) 6,137.30 

$ 75,262.70 

NON-CLASSIFIED 

School Athletic Fund 8,914.00 

TOTAL ASSESSMENT $746,891.49 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

YEAR 1965 

ACTON 

* Operating Expenses, 90.8% of $554,431.51** $503,423.81 
Cost of Transportation 41 ,472.00 

Less Reimbursement <63-64) 25,829.55 15,642.45 

Debt Service, 95% of $167,903.51 159,508.35 

Non-Classified, 90.8% of $8,914.00 8,093.91 



$686,668.52 



BOXBOROUGH 

* Operating Expenses, 9.2% of $554,431.51** $ 51,007.70 
Cost of Transportation 5,600.00 

Less Reimbursement (63-64 ) 5,600.00 0.00 

Debt Service, 5% of $167,903.T3 8,395.18 



76 



Non-Classified, 9.2% of $8,914.00 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

$ 820.09 

$ 60,222.97 



From SBAC 

12/31/64 Balance (M and O) and Transportation Reimb. 
Premium on Loan, and Accrued Interest. 



$746,891.49 

128,600.00 

46,400.51 

$921,892.00 



* Acton Student Enrollment 1 
Boxborough 



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109 

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** Gross Operating Budget 
Less: 12/31/64 Balance 

Transportation contract amounts 



$609,118.00 

- 7,614.49 

- 47,072.00 



$554,431.51 
1965 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION SCHOOL BUDGETS 



Total appropriation recommended by 

Acton School Committee 
Net amount requested by Acton- 

Boxborough Regional District 

School Committee 



Estimate of 1965 State Aid 
Amount to be raised by local tax- 
ation for support of schools 



$590,871.00 



519,066.00 



$1,109,937.00 
190,406.00 

$ 919,531.00 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 

December 31, 1964 

Balance, December 31, 1963 



$100,692.23 



Receipts, 1964: 
Town of Acton 
Town of Boxborough 
State Aid for Construction 
Federal Aid 

Transportation Reimbursement 
Bond Issue 
Premium on Loan 
Accrued Interest on Loan 
School Lunch 
School Athletics 
Federal Taxes 
State Taxes 
Teachers' Retirement 
County Retirement 
Teachers' Insurance 
Blue Cross-Blue Shield 
Group Life Insurance 



$652,775.50 

54,704.56 

165,485.89 

24,461.26 

31,429.55 

1,900,000.00 

10,269.50 

1,219.17 

53,982.14 

1,682.35 

55,729.93 

6,523.69 

19,541.47 

2,446.19 

687.25 

4,763.46 

456.92 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 
Miscellaneous 

Total Receipts 
Total 



77 



$ 1,823.40 



$2,987,982.23 



$3,088,674.46 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1964 



Disbursements, 1964 

Maintenance and Operation: 
General Control 
Instruction 
Operation of Plant 
Maintenance 

Non-Instructional Services 
Outlay 

Transportation 
Blanchard Auditorium Lease 
Miscellaneous 
Construction 
Payment on Principal 
Interest on Debt 
Premium on Loan 
Land Acquisition 
School Lunch 
School Athletics 
Federal Taxes 
State Taxes 
Teachers 1 Retirement 
County Retirement 
Teachers' Insurance 
Blue Cross-Blue Shield 
Group Life Insurance 
Federal Aid 

Total Disbursements 

Balance December 31, 1964 



$ 13,467.26 

430,413.72 

36,403.63 

4,225.36 

14,238.96 

4,027.49 

46,204.00 

6,696.00 

586.09 

282,172.91 

110,000.00 

34,355.00 

4,132.20 

11,804.10 

54,458.98 

10,258.91 

55,729.93 

6,470.13 

19,541.47 

2,446.19 

687.25 

4,763.46 

456.92 

4,845.54 

$1,158,385.50 

1,930,288.96 

$3,088,674.46 

PRISCILLA FELT 

Treasurer 



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78 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



79 





80 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the year 1964 the Committee has met several times. For 
the most part the activities have been of a routine nature in connection 
with compiling records and papers of the Town. 

The Committee has received numerous letters of inquiry during the 
year in regard to old houses, families, churches and things that have 
historical value. 

A paper in regard to the history of "The Iron Works Farm and The 
Jones Tavern in Acton" written by Robert Harrington Nylander of 
West Acton will be bound and then placed in the Archives of the Town. 

A list of the various Town monuments and locations of historical 
value has been compiled for the Massachusetts Historical Commission. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 
DAVID L. MAY 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Acton Board of Appeals held ten (10) public hearings during 
the year 1964 on the following matters: 

A. Permits for earth removal 
Granted - 2; Denied - 

B. Permits for specific uses and exceptions 
Granted - 1; Denied - 1 

C. Variances from the requirements of the Protective Zoning 
By-Law 

Granted - 2; Denied - 4 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM C. SAWYER 
HERSCHEL N. HADLEY 
HAYWARD S. HOUGHTON 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the year 1964 the Acton Building Committee worked on the 
following projects: 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 81 

1. Acton Police Station 

The construction contract was awarded to the Crowley Realty Corp- 
oration, the low bidder for $90,783.00. The Police Station is 
scheduled to be completed by March, 1965 with exception of the 
landscaping. 

2. Library Addition 

The working drawings for the Library Addition are to be completed 
by early February, 1965 and the drawings will be sent to Washington, 
D. C. for approval. The town of Acton has been declared eligible 
for Federal aid towards the erection of the Library Addition. This 
project is scheduled to be released for bidding of construction 
contract in April, 1965. 

3. Elementary School 

The working drawings for the new Elementary School are scheduled 
to be completed by April, 1965. This project will go out for bidding 
of construction contract as soon as the working drawings are 
approved. 

Respectfully submitted, ' 

ARNOLD MERCIER, Chairman 

LLOYD PRIEST 

JOSEPH COBB 

FRANK ARMS 

EDWARD COLLINS, Police Chief 

MARVIN TOLF, Library Committee 

EDWIN RICHTER, School Committee 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

No. of 
Areas Permits Estimated Cost 

Residential 

Single Dwellings 

Multiple Family Dwellings 6 Bldg 

Additions, Repairs 

and Residential Garages 

Municipal Nature 
Police Station 
Junior High School 
Church Building 
Public Utility Bldg. 
Swimming Pools 
Business and Industry 

Total 

Receipts 

Fees For Permits 



123 

s. - 35 Units 


$2,496,150.00 
231,000.00 


116 


160,515.00 


11 


90,783.00 
1,776,000.00 
80,000.00 
18,500.00 
20,300.00 
100,650.00 




$4,973,898.00 




• 
$ 4,703.60 



82 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Violations of Zoning and Building Laws No. Action 

Unguarded Swimming Pools 10 2 Uncorrected 

5 Corrected 
3 Removed 

Zoning Law Violations 3 2 Pending 

1 Corrected 
Below Standard Chimneys 3 2 Corrected 

1 Pending 
Porches, without permits 2 2 Corrected 

Foundations, without permits 2 2 Corrected 

Shed, too near line 1 1 Moved 

Shed, too large for no permit 1 1 Permit Issued 

Occupancy Permit Violations 16 10 Corrected 

6 Pending 
Insufficient Fund Checks 2 2 Covered 
Unlicensed Signs 5 2 Removed 

3 Licensed 

Respectfully submitted, 

KENNETH E. JEWELL 
Building Inspector 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The amount of money collected by this department and turned over 
to the Town Treasurer will be found itemized in his report, as will 
the amount collected for the annual care of lots not under perpetual 
care. We again wish to point out to all lot owners who do not have 
perpetual care on their lots that bills for the care of these lots will 
be committed to the Town Collector for collection. 

There were 50 interments made during the year, 12 non-resident 
and 38 resident burials. 

In Woodlawn Cemetery an area was graded, seeded and a space 
made available for 128 single grave spaces. The surface drainage 
project has been continued this year by adding two more catch basins 
and connecting them into the main drainage lines. Plans have been 
made to improve another section in this cemetery by grading, seeding, 
building a retaining wall on a high bank, and rebuilding the wall 
around Captain Robbins* lot on Concord Road. 

In Mt. Hope Cemetery the stumps have been removed and two sec- 
tions have been graded and seeded and laid out into lots. Also another 
section has been laid out for single grave interment. 

Due to the damage caused by the recent ice storm, several large 
trees in Woodlawn and Mt. Hope Cemeteries will have to be cut down 
and replaced by new trees. 

Tha first serious case of vandalism in the Acton Cemeteries occurred 
this year in Woodlawn Cemetery, when several valuable monuments 
were disfigured, and the matter has been turned over to the Police 
Department for investigation, as this is a very serious offense and is 



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punishable under tha law. Due to this act of vandalism the Cemetery 
Commissioners voted to have the cemetery gates locked at the close 
of the working hours in an attempt to keep cars out of the cemeteries 
after closing hours. 

Mr. Harry E. Holt who has been a member of the Cemetery Com- 
missioners since 1939 decided not to run for re-election this year and 
the other members of the Board wish him well in his retirement. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE 
HOWARD F. JONES 
HARRY E. HOLT 

Cemetery Commissioners 

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REPORT OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

1964 has seen notable progress made within the Town in the inter- 
ests of conservation. During the Patriots 1 Day celebration on April 19, 
1964, Mr. Brewster Conant, of Evanston, Illinois, granted an ease- 
ment to the Town covering a strip of land along the Isaac Davis Trail 
extending from Main Street to Route 2A. Efforts are continuing to 
acquire easements along the rest of the Trail. 

The Commission received its first piece of land by gift, approxi- 
mately two acres, from Mr. John B. Finigan of Concord. The piece 
is in South Acton along a tributary of Fort Pond Brook. Mr. Harold 
Keizer, of Concord, deeded an easement to a piece of land along Fort 
Pond Brook in West Acton, to the Town. 

During the year, the Commission has discussed land purchases 
with four townspeople. One parcel of approximately 12 acres was re- 
jected because the asking price was not considered warranted by its 
conservation value. An option agreement has been entered into with 
Mr. Crimens Pacy for the purchase of approximately 13 acres adjoin- 
ing the Town Forest in West Acton. Two other prospective land pur- 
chases are still under negotiation. 

The Commission had acquired acetate transparencies of the maps 
prepared by the Soil Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, 
from which copies of these maps may be made. These maps may also 
be used in multiple overlays to assist the Town in determining the soil 
characteristics of any piece of land in town. 

In conjunction with the Planning Board, the Commission has pre- 
pared a zoning article for the establishment of a wetlands district 
along Fort Pond Brook. It is hoped that this article is passed by the 
Town Meeting and that the district will be extended to Nashoba Brook 
in the future 

President Johnson included a strong appeal for conservation in his 
State of the Union message this year. It is the hope of the Conserva- 
tion Commission that this appeal will be heard and responded to by 
the citizens of Acton and the rest of the Nation. 

ROBERT J. ELLIS, Chairman 
JOHN A. JEFFERIES, JR. 
KENNETH E. JEWELL 
WILLIAM L. KINGMAN 
MRS. DAVID L. MAY 
JAMES SHEPARD 
DAVID P. TINKER 



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REPORT OF THE CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Principal in the activities of the Civil Defense Agency during 1964 
has been the task of qualifying the Town of Acton for participation in 
Federal Matching Funds Programs. This has been accomplished and 
an application for firefighters coats and boots under this program has 
also been approved by Federal Civil Defense who will contribute one 
half of the cost of this equipment. This purchase was authorized by 
the Annual Town Meeting of 1962 and the procurement will be com- 
pleted in 1965. 

The Highway and Engineering Departments also benefited by this 
financial assistance program by procuring material and equipment 
from Civil Defense surplus property at very nominal costs. 

Robert F. Guba, communications officer, has been responsible for 
the continued operation and growth of the communications section of 
Acton Civil Defense. Through his ^efforts, Acton has attained an 
excellent record of participation in Civil Defense communications tests, 
Acton now has a communications link with Massachusetts Civil Defense 
on both the 2 -meter and 6-meter band. 

Although Acton is generally qualified to participate in Federal fin- 
ancial assistance programs, communications projects are singularly 
excepted. The communications center at the Julia McCarthy School 
does not have sufficient protection against nuclear fallout to meet the 
required Federal standards. Improvement in this situation will be of 
prime importance in the program for the coming year. 

Other programs not currently implemented are Medical and Auxil- 
iary Police. Participation in these phases of Civil Defense are pro- 
grammed for 1965 and the assistance and cooperation of the Health 
and Police Departments has been assured. 

Respectfully submitted, 

johnf. Mclaughlin 

Director 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE DOG OFFICER 
To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Calls and complaints handled 249 

Stray dogs picked up 38 

Dogs disposed of 5 

Dogs returned to owners 33 

Respectfully submitted, 
CARL W. FLINT 

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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For Year Ending December 31, 1964 

The trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town Treasurer 
totaling $725.00, (Seven hundred and twenty-five dollars). 

Respectfully submitted, 

HAZEL P. VOSE 
ELEANOR P. WILSON 
HELEN B. WOOD 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 
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REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the year 1964 the Engineering Department worked on the 
following projects: 

1) For the Board of Selectmen: 

a) The Preparation of Preliminary plans for proposed construction 
of: High Street Relocation near Powdermill Road, Martin Street, 
Fort Pond Brook culvert and additional town offices on second 
floor of Town Hall. 

b) The preparation of drainage plans, profiles and easements for 
various construction projects to be performed by town forces. 

2) For the Planning Board: 

a) Reviewing and checking preliminary and definitive plans and 
construction inspection of the following subdivisions: 

Broadview Farm Estates off High Street 
Thoreau Park, off Laws Brook Road 
Houghton Park, off Arlington Street 
Stonehedge, off Coughlin Street 
Prospect Acres, off Prospect Street 
Patriots Hill, off Hayward Road 

b) Continued construction inspection of: 

Flagg Hill Estates Section HI and IV off Summer Street 

Minuteman Ridge off Massachusetts Avenue and Hayward Rd. 

Evergreen Heights off Newtown Road 

Meadow Brook off Hosmer Street 

Colonial Acres off Willow Street 

Crestwood Acres off Central Street 

Revolutionary Ridge off Prospect Street 

c) Reviewing and checking preliminary and/or definitive plans of 
proposed subdivisions: 

Conant Park proposed extension of Acton Manor 
Chadwick Park off River Street 
Parker Village off Parker Street 



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Concordian Heights off School and River Streets 

d) Preparation of Proposed Wet District Map. 

e) Updating of Zoning Map 

f ) Assisting building inspector as necessary 

g) Keeping and filing of all plans. 

3) For the Board of Assessors: 

a) Continued the development of the Tax Maps: 
400 scale work sheets 100% complete 

200 and 100 scale work sheets 86% 
200 and 100 scale milars 66% " 

File c ards 60% " 

4) For the Board of Health: 

a) Determination of High Water Elevations for review of septic 
system designs. 

5) For the School Committee: 

a) Inspection of land for possible school sites. 

6) For the Fire Department: 

a) Updating and renewing of the department's town map. 

7) For the Highway Department: 

a) Field layout and grade of the following drainage projects: 
Central Street at Pearl Street 
Arlington Street at Spruce Street 
Forest Road at Whittier Drive 
Central Street at Nash Road 
Elm Street at Quaboag Road 
Main Street just south of Acton Center 

In April of 1964 the Engineering Department lost the Assistant 
Town Engineer when Lewis Bowker resigned to accept the job of Town 
Engineer in Wayland. 

In July of 1964 Fred K. Hanack, Town Engineer resigned to accept 
the job of Superintendent of Public Works in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 

In October of 1964 the Board of Selectmen hired John Dowd to 
assume the responsibilities of Town Engineer. 

David Abbt has been hired by the Department as Engineering 
Assistant. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN J. DOWD 

Town Engineer 

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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my thirty-second annual report of the Fire Depart' 
ment for the year ending December 31, 1964. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential ► 18 

Non-Residential 1 

Mercantile 1 

Manufacturing 6 

Miscellaneous 4 

Grass and Brush 62 

Automobile, etc 25 

False Alarms 13 

Smoke scares and accidental alarms. 21 

Accidents and emergencies 72 

Out of Town 19 

Loss to Buildings $ 28,065.00 

Loss to Contents 106,714.00 

Loss to Automobiles 3,825.00 

Total Loss $138,604.00 

Insurance Paid on Losses 133,767.75 

Permits Issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 104 

Bottled Gas 14 

Blasting 39 

Open Air Fires 1474 

Inspections and investigations 1080 

27TT 
Collected 

Permits $ 77.00 

Station Rental 745.00 

Testing Water Mains 66.00 

Labor Burning 25.00 

Collected on accident 54.00 



$967.00 



The seven permanent firefighters started work last April and have 
proved very beneficial to the efficiency and operation of the department, 
We are now able to keep the apparatus, buildings and other equip- 
ment in first class condition. They will be very helpful in conducting 
school fire drills, inspections of mercantile, manufacturing, churches, 
schools and nursing homes, which will also acquaint them with the lay- 
out of these buildings to do a better job in case of fire. These men 
will also attend schools from time to time to better equip themselves. 

Upon receiving the resignation of Fire Alarm Operator, Frederic W. 
Rimback, due to illness, it became necessary to employ new fire alarm 
operators. After much consideration and planning it was decided that 



88 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

the most economical and efficient way to take care of the required 24 
hour service was to hire 3 men working a 24 hour on and 48 hours off 
shift. This system was installed the first of November and is working 
very satisfactorily. Not only do we have 24 hour coverage at one 
station, but I believe that people who have had the occasion to call 
the Department recently have discovered the difference in the response. 

Article 12 

This Article to replace the ladder truck at South Acton. A new 
truck has been ordered with delivery date in June, 1965. This 
will be a 75 foot aerial ladder, modern and up to date in every way. 

Article 13 

The fire alarm and boxes installed on Spruce Street and Kinsley 
Road. 

Fire Alarm Boxes installed by Town or others: 

Box # 12 on Concord Road @ Hosmer Street 

Box #2212 on High Street @ Faulkner Hill Road 

Box #2213 on High Street @ Valley Road 

Box #2214 on High Street @ Traftons 

Box #2215 on High Street @ Fletcher Cor. 

Box # 228 on Independence Road 

Box #2228 on Broadway Street 

Box #2512 on Piper Road 

Box #2522 on Parker Street at Brookside Circle 

Box #2526 on Lawsbrook Road @ Old Colony Lane 

Box # 329 on Kinsley Road 

Box #3442 on Spruce Street 

Box # 353 on Hayward Road @ Captain Brown's Lane 

1965 Program 

Stabilization Fund — $7,000.00 
Fire Alarm Extension 

Nash Road - One Box 

Kelley Road & Beverly Road - One Box 
New Cruiser for Fire Chief 
Overhaul and Repair Engine #3 

With the exception of Engine #3 which needs overhauling, the balance 
of the equipment is in good condition. Many minor repairs and adjust- 
ments have been taken care of this year by the full-time men on duty. 

In closing, I wish to thank the fire fighters and auxilary for their 
co-operation throughout the year. I also wish to thank the Board of 
Selectmen, the Finance Committee, Personnel Board, the Clerical 
Staff at the Town Hall, and all others who have contributed to the support 
and operation of the Fire Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. STUART MacGREGOR 



19. 


76 


120. 


94 


120, 


.70 


20 


.00 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the year ending December 31, 1964 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $ 465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 ^ 4g5 54 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank 

Concord Co-operative Bank 120.94 14Q 7Q 

EXPENDITURES 

Treasurer of the Evangelical Church in Acton 

Town of Acton for the perpetual care of 

Goodnow Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 14Q 7 q 

Respectfully submitted, 

THELMA L. BOATMAN, TR. 
CLARK C. McELVEIN 
JAMES N. GATES 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

•.<* Ou- <JU ou 

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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 
To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
PERSONNEL 

Resignations caused the following changes in personnel: 

Resignations and Dates Replaced By 

Martin J. Duggan, R. N. July 1, 1964 Dr. J. Huston Westover, M.D. 

Robert C. Heustis, R.S. Sept. 14, 1964 Warren M. McFague 

"Marty" Duggan has faithfully served the Town as a board member 
for many years (13 years) and as a part-time agent for the past seven 
years. Robert Heustis served as a board member for seven years and 
resigned in order to accept employment as Agent for the Board. 
Dr. Westover is a partner of Acton Medical Associates and known by 
most townspeople. Warren McFague is an administrative officer with 
the U. S. Public Health Service. 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 

The board, through its agent, town nurse, inspectors and contractors 
provides both supervisory and direct service in the areas of garbage 
collection, mosquito control, milk and food sanitation, housing, personal 
hygiene, health education, water supplies and sewage disposal. Account- 
able functions are as follows: 



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Inspections Number 

Food Handling Establishments 35 

Nursing and Rest Homes 2 

Schools and Kindergartens 13 

Swimming Pools 4 

Slaughtering Inspections None 

Nurse Visits for Sick Care 1,524 

Maintaining Environmental Sanitation is one of the particular 
responsibilities of the Public Health Board. In a growing community, 
such as ours, problems must be met and anticipated particularly with 
reference to sewage disposal, milk and food sanitation, control of 
insects and animals that are disease carriers, and finally, control of 
nuisances. Part of this is accomplished by rigidly managed stipulative 
licensing of all new construction, and the other part necessitates the 
continued reinspection of operating facilities and of old properties 
constructed under previous sanitation rules. No community dare 
relax its health precautions because certain diseases such as typhoid, 
dysentery and encephalitis occur whenever appropriate safeguards are 
ignored. Similarly, the zoonoses or animal diseases, many of which 
can be transmitted to man, must be guarded against and controlled, 
including rabies, tuberculosis, brucellosis, trichinosis and numerous 
others. Prophylactic immunizations in the population must be main- 
tained to prevent tetanus, smallpox, whooping cough, diptheria and 
poliomyelitis. Hopefully, still more diseases can be fully controlled 
in the future by immunization techniques. 

Related to the problem of health is the problem of community 
housekeeping. Old cars, tumbledown buildings, trash and ill-kept 
properties attract and provide a direct danger to children, and create 
breeding places for vermin and insects which may harm humans. 
Public spirit and responsibility which keep the town clean, tidy and 
attractive support the general attitude which needs to be both socially 
responsible and health-promoting. The Board of Health strongly 
wishes to promote excellent community housekeeping and solicits the 
support of all the people of the town. No health program will be fully 
successful without individual cooperation. The rewards for a good 
program, in health and happiness, are great. 

NEW REGULATIONS 

The State of Massachusetts has enacted three new regulations to 
be enforced by the Board. 

1. Rules and Regulations relative to Eating and Drinking 
Establishments. 

2. Rules and Regulations for Day Care Services for Children. 

3. Article 6, Minimum Standards for Swimming Pools. 

CLINICS 

Clinics were conducted with the aid of State and local agencies, 
others with the co-operation of the School Department. 

Dental examination and treatment clinics were conducted by 
Dr. McQueen, D.D.M. at his office. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Clinics 

Dental Clinic 

Diptheria-T etanus 
Booster Program 
Adult "Make-up" 
Polio Clinic 

Tuberculin Testing 
Clinic 

T.B. X-Ray Clinic 



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No. of 
Persons 


Ann 


Dunt Collected 


85 




$ 14.50 


384 (March) 
435 (November) 




159.50 


191 doses 




26.50 


34 




none 


237 




70.10 



Total Collected from Clinics $270.60 



MENTAL HEALTH 



We are aware that communities share responsibility to bring 
modern and diagnosis treatment to those afflicted with mental illness. 
State and local agencies, as well as private psychiatrists, provide 
mental health care. Our community must, for the future be sure that 
services are both available and adequate. Further consideration may 
be given during the coming year to the possibility, now legally per.- 
missable, for the Town to help support certain area mental health 
facilities to help needy citizens. 

Communicable Disease - Cases Reported 

Chicken Pox 79 

Infectious Hepatitis. . . none 

Infectious Mononucleosis. ... 1 

Measles 7 Day 6 

German Measles 125 

Mumps. 40 

Salmonella Infections. 1 

Scarlet Fever. 10 

Syphilis 2 

Gonorrhea 2 

Tuberculosis (Committed). . . none 

" (Non-infectious). . . 4 



Other Cases Reported 



Dog Bites, 
Cat Bite. , 



15 
1 



Total Cases 



283 



BIRTHS 

Premature Births 10 

Births -reported in Acton. ... 1 

DEATHS 

Infant none 

Other 30 



Mortality Rate * .... 2.9 per 1000 



92 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

PERMITS, LICENSES AND FEES 

Number Issued Total Collected 



Burial Permits 30 

Catering Permits 1 

Kindergarten & Nursery Schools .... 8 

Offal Transport 9 

Overnight Cabins and Camps 3 

Massage License. 1 

Methyl Alcohol . . 11 

Milk Store License 25 

Milk Dealers License 12 $ 110.50 

Plumbing Permits 192 2,095.50 

Gas Permits 165 1,265.50 

Sewage Works Permits 865.00 

New 132 

Repairs & Alterations. 30 

Paid Visits by Town Nurse 794.50 

Total Transferred to Town Treasurer $5,672.20 

* Total Acton population estimated to be 10,500 persons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAY S. GRUMBLING P.E., Chairman 
J.HUSTONWESTOVER, M.D. 
WARREN McFAGUE 

Board of Health 

ROBERT C. HEUSTIS, R.S., Agent 
EILEEN F. HALE, R.N., Town Nurse 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS 

Slaughtering Inspector 

JOSEPH G. PERRY 

Plumbing Inspector 

* * * * 
REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

Although 1964 was not without disappointment to industrial devel- 
opment in Acton, it also had its bright aspects. 

The decision of the managements of Brand-Rex and Technology 
Instrument Corporation to move their facilities out of Massachusetts 
was a hard one for Acton. The Industrial Development Commission 
contacted both concerns and was assured that their relationships with 
the Town were excellent and had nothing to do with their leaving. 
Although these vacancies do not cause any immediate loss of tax income 
to the Town, they do increase the amount of unused industrial real 
estate. 

Until the last day of the 1964 Legislative session, we thought we 
would be successful in having a portion of the Reformatory Farm re- 
turned to productive, private use. Our bill was passed by both the 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 

Senate and the House, but the Governor failed to sign it, thereby destroy- 
ing its passage under his pocket veto power. Representatives Eaton 
and Fletcher worked hard and fruitfully on this bill in the House and 
deserve the Town's gratitude. 

We were happy to have twenty-four acres of land located on School 
Street rezoned for light industrial use. We hope to see building there 
in 1965. A development, intangible, but important, has been the better- 
ing of our relationships with those influential in attracting good industry 
to Acton. We are in weekly contact with industrial realtors, industrial 
location men of the public utilities and transportation companies, and 
location people from firms seeking industrial sites. Acton is well 
known to those who are working with industry in the search for new 
plant sites. 

It seems to us that Acton is still paying the penalty of having a 
divided highway run through the Town without getting any of the benefits. 
Because we have no good available industrial land directly adjacent to 
Rte#2 we have again filed, through Representative John Eaton, a bill 
to have part of the Reformatory Farm released to private industrial use. 

Respectfully submitted, 

richard j. ! neil 
frederick h. bubier 
allen m. christofferson 
stephen e. lord 
paul m. Mcpherson 
ralph c. morse 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Premises inspected 25 

Cows 109 

Young Cattle 26 

Bulls 3 

Beef Cattle 11 

Swine 

Sheep 9 

Goats 

Horses & Ponies 45 

Dog Bites 45 

Dogs Quarantined 45 

Respectfully submitted, 

CARL W. FLINT 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Two Hundred Twenty permits were issued. The sum of One Thou- 
sand Eight Hundred Fifty Two dollars and Forty Five cents, ($1,852.45) 
was collected in fees for these permits, and turned over to the Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LESLIE F. PARKE 

Inspector of Wires 



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REPORT OF THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We have just submitted our budget for the year 1965 and are happy 
to announce that we have been able to reduce the requests for funds by 
approximately $1,000. over the previous year. This is partially due to 
the introduction of a deductible under the Fire Schedule earlier this 
year and partly because certain three year policies do not have an 
anniversary date during the coming year. There are certain additions 
that will have to be made in the course of the year and as nearly as we 
can see the additions will pertain to adding the new police station to the 
Fire Schedule, and we have made an allowance of an additional $52.00 
for the Boiler Insurance in this same building. 

In the area of recommendations we have two: One is that you 
increase the Property Damage Liability Limits for the Motor Vehicles 
belonging to the town from $5,000 to $10,000 at an increase cost esti- 
mated at $90.00. The costs of Motor Vehicles and other structures 
that can be damaged by motor vehicles have all increased gradually 
over the years and we strongly recommend that this increase be insti- 
tuted. We have made allowances for the payment of this premium in 
our budget for the coming year. 

We have just received notice that a new statute has been passed in 
the State of Massachusetts requiring municipalities and towns to 
indemnify teachers and other town employees for their personal liabil- 
ity in case a student or other member of the public is injured as a 
result of their negligence. This is necessary because this type of 
personal liability falls in between all of the current commercial liability 
policies and the personal liability policies available to the teachers and 
employees. Insurance to protect the town in this area is available but 
it is too soon to know just what the solution will be, and as soon as we 
have definite recommendations in this area we will notify you. On 
October 5th, we notified the Superintendent of Schools of this legislation 
and shall hope that before very long we can have an answer for you. 
It should not involve a great deal of additional cost to the town but the 
former policy may have to be revised slightly to include coverage in 
the area operations of town employees rather than purely liability in 
connection with the ownership of town buildings which the present 
policy covers. Conceivably, this could increase the premium as much 
as $200. or $300. due to the change of form but it is so new that we did 
not feel it proper to include a definite budget request to provide this 
protection. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THOMAS MOTLEY 
RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
CHARLES M. MacRAE 
THERON LOWDEN 

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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

In 1964, the townspeople voted to bring adequate modern library 
facilities to Acton by building an addition to the Acton Memorial 
Library, a gift to the town in 1889 from Mr. William A. Wilde, which 
has served the town for three quarters of a century. Working drawings 
are nearing the final stages and ground will be broken in the spring. 
The new library facilities Will be serving all of Acton in late 1965. 
This tremendously important project has required the thoughtful assis- 
tance and wholehearted cooperation of many public spirited citizens. 
The Board of Trustees wishes to express appreciation to members of 
the Finance Committee, the Building Committee, the School Committee, 
the Selectmen, the Friends of the Acton Libraries and the many other 
interested citizens who gave their support and encouragement. 

The Trustees have filed application for Federal Aid to Libraries 
and have received favorable indications that Acton may receive a grant 
toward the improvement of the building currently planned. 

Designs for the addition were only one of many activities for the 
Board of Trustees this year. There were twenty scheduled meetings 
in contrast with four meetings a year held not too many years ago. 
Service to the public was improved by increasing the number of hours 
the library is open by 14%. 

The book collection has been strengthened by doubling to two 
hundred the number of books received under a rental plan which gives 
the library a constantly renewed selection of up to the minute, best 
selling fiction and non-fiction. Ninety per cent of these books are in 
circulation at all times, proving their popularity. Approximately one 
hundred reference books recommended by the American Library Assoc- 
iation were purchased including sets of Scientific, Historical and Bio- 
graphical Encyclopedias. Sixteen new subscriptions were added to our 
periodical collection. Two hundred thirty two books were added to our 
shelves by gifts from citizens of Acton. To all donors we express our 
thanks. 

Reading lists for all public school grades, whenever provided, were 
considered in the purchase of books. The Trustees offer full co-operation 
with the schools and all other groups, in selecting books to best meet 
the wide fields of interest of our citizens of all ages. As new books 
were added to the library collection, our circulation increased, roughly 
doubling every five years. (In 1959, circulation was 44,052; in 1964, 
circulation was 87,750.) The Trustees commend our Library Staff 
for their service throughout the year as the increased demand for books 
has called for a greater effort on their part to serve the public well. 

The Trustees have better defined and improved library policies 
and service objectives during the year. Papers were signed linking the 
Acton Memorial Library with the Eastern Massachusetts Regional 
Library System. When completely organized and staffed, the Regional 
System will make the resources of the larger public libraries in the 
Eastern section of Massachusetts easily available to the citizens of 
Acton at no extra cost. Our Staff has been improved through training 
opportunity at the University of New Hampshire. The Trustees and 
Staff have been represented at all major meetings of the Massachusetts 
Library Association. 



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The Friends of the Acton Libraries have helped to improve library- 
service by providing an average of ten hours of volunteer work per 
week. The Friends have, also, conducted story hours for pre-school 
and first grade children. Through the generosity of many people in 
donating copies of the National Geographic Magazine, the Friends were 
able to trade with book dealers until a complete set of National Geo- 
graphies from 1914 to date has been assembled and bound into per- 
manent covers. 

The Acton Garden Club again provided beautiful floral arrangements, 
replaced each week. The Patrons, Staff and Trustees are especially 
grateful for this added touch of beauty. 

A special recognition and appreciation is noted for the services 
of Mr. Richard Sawdo who has each week given his time and talent to 
expertly rebinding and repairing of worn but valuable books. 

The Trustees accepted, with sincere regret, the resignation of 
Mr. Frank Garbarino. He had served the library for ten years as 
Trustee and was Chairman of the Board for three years. Mr. Garbarino 
was the first Trustee to recognize the need for additional space in the 
library. He did all of the original spade work in planning for the new 
building, finding facts and figures which were the basis for the new 
plans. The Trustees wish to thank him for his guidance and help 
throughout his years of service to the library and the town. 

1964 has been a year of progress in many directions for the Acton 
Memorial Library. We look forward to even greater advances in 
library service to the town as the new year comes. The added facilities 
provided by the addition will result in a tremendously increased library 
opportunity offered to all citizens of Acton. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOUISE GARDINER, Chairman 
RICHARD A. BODGE 
A. FRANK GARBARINO 
DUDLEY F. HOWE 
FLORENCE MERRIAM 
DORIS H. PETERSON 
RAYMOND A. SHAMEL 
MARVIN L. TOLF 
EARLE W. TUTTLE 

Trustees 
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LIBRARIANS REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

LIBRARY HOURS 

Monday through Friday 1-6 and 7-9 P.M. 

Saturday 1 - 6 P.M. 



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STAFF 

Marian L. Piper, Librarian 
Marion M. Armstrong, Library Assistant 
Edna R. distance. General Assistant 
Frances Collins, General Assistant 
Dorothy Reichle, General Assistant 
Julie W. Custance, Custodian 

. ACCESSION 

Number of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1964 20,633 

Increase by purchase 1,771 

Increase by gift 232 

Withdrawn 162 



Number of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1965 22,474 

Fines Collected in 1964 $2,054.49 

CIRCULATION 

1963 1964 

Fiction 2"870~S7 3272T4 

Non-Fiction 15,154 19,756 

Juvenile 30,012 35,840 



1959 


44,052 


1960 


50,145 


1961 


52,757 


1962 


64,415 



Total 73,233 87,850 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN L. PIPER 
Librarian 

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REPORT OF THE CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF WEST ACTON 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Board of Trustees 

James Kinsley 

Barbara Nylander, Chairman 

Percival Wood, Secretary 

Library Hours 

Monday 7 - 9 P.M. 

Tuesday 3-6 P.M. 
Thursday 3-5 P.M. 

Thelma G. Hermes Librarian 

Accession 

Number of volumes in Library Jan. 1, 1964 5,212 

Increase by purchase 7 8 

Increase by gift 941 

Withdrawn 480 



Number of volumes in Library Jan. 1, 1965 5,751 



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Circulation in 1964: 

Fiction 1,694 

Non- fiction 1,351 

Juvenile 2,853 



Total 5,898 

Circulation in 1963: 4,643 

Receipts 

Fines and Miscellaneous $116.01 

Circulation in 1964 increased more than 25% over the previous 
year. A significant portion of the increase was in adult patronage, 
resulting from the fact that the library was open Monday nights for the 
first time through a full year. Good stocks of material from the var- 
ious school required reading lists were maintained and there was ex- 
tensive use of the library by students. 

The Board of Trustees and I wish to thank the Friends of the 
Acton Libraries, the Acton Memorial Library and all individuals who 
have contributed books and magazines. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THELMA G. HERMES 
Librarian 

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REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Department removed 54 diseased Elms this year on town pro- 
perty. There are about 10 remaining diseased Elms to be removed 
before April 1965. 

A Foliage spray for the control of leaf feeding insects was applied 
in June. A private contractor was hired to do the work this year. A 
law was passed by the legislature requiring all applicators of pest- 
icides to be licensed. Your superintendent is the only member of the 
department holding a license at present. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

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REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Personnel Board is unanimous in support of the 4% general 
increase for "Covered" employees. We feel this is necessary to keep 
our people in their respective relative position in the State. 

We are also recommending that the Personnel By-Law be amended 
to give an employee a day off when a holiday falls on his scheduled day 
off. 

During the year we have met with most of the departments in the 
Town on personnel problems. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM H. KEMP, Chairman 

CLYDE J. HORNE 

LYMAN H. GOFF 

DONALD L. LORING 

WILBUR J. TOLMAN, Secretary 

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REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The year 1964 has been an active one for the Planning Board. 
Because of proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, many additional 
meetings were necessary in addition to the regular meetings held the 
second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Acton Center Fire 
Station. 

Under the administration of the Subdivision control law, the follow- 
ing new subdivisions were approved during the year. 

Broadview Farm Estates South Acton 

Thoreau Park South Acton 

Houghton Park West Acton 

Stonehedge Acton Center 

Prospect Acres South Acton 

Patriots Hill Acton Center 

We found the subdividers anxious to co-operate in working toward 
the continuance of our subdivision standards. Your Board has made on- 
the-ground inspections with the Town Engineer checking lay-outs, in- 
specting roads for Town acceptance, and viewing our ever present 
drainage problem. 

Due to the pressure of business, Mr. William Veazey was forced to 
resign from the Board in September. Mr. Richard Janson was elected 
to fill the vacancy. Mr. John Loring resigned upon his election as 
Selectman, and Mrs. Donald Perkins was elected to the Board. To both 
these men, our thanks for their wise counsel. We were saddened by the 
death of Charles Judd Farley whose many years of experience on the 
Board were invaluable to its findings. 

During the year the Planning Board has met with the Boards of 



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Selectmen, Health, Finance, and the Industrial and Conservation Com- 
missions on mutual problems. Former Town Engineer, Fred Hanack, 
was present at all Planning Board Meetings and his able successor, 
John Dowd, is continuing the practice. 

In the interest of better Town Government the Planning Board makes 
the following recommendations: 

1. The Town adopt a Wetlands District to restrict residential 
building on the submarginal land along Fort Pond Brook and its tributaries, 

2. The Town adopt a Shopping Center Bylaw to control the estab- 
lishment of Shopping Centers in the Town. 

3. The practice of a Special Town Meeting in the fall, preferably 
in November, be continued. 

4. The Town again consider the appointment of an Executive Sec- 
retary or Town Manager to co-ordinate the various Town functions. 

We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees and Departments 
of the Town for their co-operation during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID P. TINKER, Chairman 
LEONARD E. RAE, Clerk 
BEATRICE C. PERKINS 
RICHARD C. J ANSON 

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REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

This report includes all arrests and prosecutions, report on Motor 
Vehicle accidents, bicycles registrations, houses checked while people 
are on vacation, parking violations, defective equipment tags, telephone 
calls received and sent, and other items. 

ARREST AND PROSECUTIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES: 

Abandoning a Motor Vehicle 1 

Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle Being a Minor. . . 1 

Allowing Improper Person to Operate a Motor Vehicle . 3 

Allowing Unregistered Motor Vehicle to be Operated. . 1 

Altering Motor Vehicle License 1 

Assault and Battery 1 

Attaching Plates 2 

Attempted Larceny 2 

Begetting 1 

Breaking and Entering and Larceny in the Night-time. . 3 

Drunk 29 

Failure to Obey Railroad Signal 2 

Failing to Stop for a Police Officer 5 

Failing to Use Care. 2 

Following too Close 1 

Fraudulent Check 2 

Going Away after causing Property Damage 4 

Hiring a Minor to Operate a Motor Vehicle. 1 

Impersonating a Police Officer. 1 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 10 1 

Junking without a License 1 

Larceny 20 

Law of the Road 7 

Malicious Injury to Property 2 

Malicious Destruction of Property 4 

No License in Possession 3 

Non-Payment of Wages 7 

Non-Support 3 

No Registration in Possession 3 

Operating after Suspension of License 7 

Operating after Revocation of License. 2 

Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 15 

Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle 10 

Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle. . 14 

Operating so as to Endanger 31 

Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor. . 19 

Parking Violation 3 

Possession of Marihuana 1 

Receiving Stolen Property- 1 

Red Light 17 

School Bus Violations 12 

Selling Mortgaged Property 2 

Speeding 370 

Spilling 2 

Stop Sign 46 

Trespassing 4 

Trucking on Sunday 1 

Vagrant 1 

Delinquent Child - Assault & Battery 1 

Delinquent Child - Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle. 1 

Delinquent Child - Attaching Plates 1 

Delinquent Child - Defective Equipment 1 

Delinquent Child - Driving without a License 4 

Delinquent Child - Habitual School Offender 1 

Delinquent Child - Larceny 3 

Delinquent Child - Law of the Road 2 

Delinquent Child - Operating Uninspected Motor Vehicle . 1 

Delinquent Child - Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle . 3 

Delinquent Child - Operating Unregistered Motor Vehicle. 3 

Delinquent Child - Operating so as to Endanger 1 

Delinquent Child - Refusing to Stop for a Police Officer. 1 

Delinquent Child - Speeding 5 

Delinquent Child - Stubborn Child 1 

Delinquent Child - Using Motor Vehicle without Authority. 4 

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT: 

1963 1964 

Total Number of Accidents covered by the Department 156 124 

Number of Occupants injured 74 55 

Number of Occupants Killed 1 

Number of Pedestrians Injured 7 6 

Bicyclists Injured 1 

MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: 

Bicycles Registered 158 

Complaints Received and Investigated 202 

Cruiser Ambulance Trips to Acton Medical Center 13 

Cruiser Ambulance Trips to Emerson Hospital 112 

Cruiser Ambulance Trips to Metropolitan State Hospital. . . 4 



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Defective Equipment Tags Issued 27 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of Business . . 39 

Electric Wires Down and reported to Edison 28 

Emergencies Answered 131 

Fire Alarms Answered 81 

Motorists Assisted by Patrol 44 

Motor Vehicles checked by Night Patrol 232 

Night-time Parking Tickets 123 

Property Check, Slips left at request of owner 899 

Street Lights out, Reported to Edison 255 

Summonses Sent Out for Service 269 

Summonses Served 374 

Telephone Calls - Incoming 5487 

Telephone Calls - Outgoing 2142 

Times Resuscitator was used 26 

Total Number of Arrests made 49 

Traffic Lights out and Reported to Department of Public Work 39 

There were 1155 Motor Vehicles checked by the Department of 
Traffic or Motor Vehicle violations for which operators received ver- 
bal warning, summonses to appear in Court, or had the violation re- 
ported to the Registrar for action. 

FATALS: 

One Fatal automobile accident 

CRUISERS: 

I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen that both Cruisers 
be traded in 1965. 

RADIOS: 

I have also recommended that both cruiser radios be traded this 
year. 

In closing I would like to thank all the members of my Department 
who worked with me in carrying out the duties of the Police Department 
during the year and to all others who assisted us I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS 
Chief of Police 

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PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Committee has worked to improve the observance of patriotic 
holidays and to promote interest in the proud history of our town. 

The highlights of our activities in 1964 are as follows: 

THE CAPTAIN ISAAC DAVIS BALL 
April 18, 1964 - The Blanchard Auditorium 

The Second Annual Captain Isaac Davis Ball, sponsored by The Acton 
Lions Club, The Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee, and the 
Acton Minutemen was a very successful gala pre-Patriots Day social 
event. The Acton Minutemen presented an intermission program demon- 
strating the early American manual of arms and marching formations. 
The National Lancers, the historic mounted bodyguard of the Governor 
of the Commonwealth, attended the Ball in addition to notable official 
visitors from several surrounding communities. Proceeds of the Ball 
were donated to the Acton Lions Club Educational Fund, providing money 
for two scholarships and for the ABRHS Science Fair. 

REENACTMENT OF THE DR. PRESCOTT - JOHN ROBBINS RIDE 

1:00 A.M. April 19, 1964 

This third reenactment of the Dr. Prescott-John Robbins Ride took 
place immediately after The Captain Isaac Davis Ball. It was on the same 
time schedule as the original event. Dr. Seymour A. DiMare, portray- 
ing Dr. Prescott, arrived at Minuteman Captain Robbin's homesite on Old 
Concord Road at 1 A.M. bringing the first alarm to Acton, "Captain 
Robbins, Captain Robbins, the Regulars are coming!" Young John 
Robbins, son of Captain Joseph Robbins, as portrayed by William Rodday, 
then quickly mounted and galloped off to take the alarm to the Captain 
Davis home and then on to the Captain Simon Hunt home, Acton T s famous 
Liberty Tree House. The present owner, Marguerite White, served 
delicious refreshments and hot coffee to the crowd that followed the re- 
enactment of this historic Acton ride. We express the appreciation of 
the town for this typical Acton Hospitality extended to a much larger 
crowd again this year. 

THE PETER GRAY FLAG 

The Peter Gray Flag, in honor and remembrance of Commander 
Peter Gray III, was given to the Town of Concord by The James J. 
Mansfield Post 158, of The American Legion, Dr. Francis J. McDonald, 
Commander, with specific arrangements for its presentation to Acton, 
and its participation in public events. It was first flown by Mrs. Peter 
Gray near the Old North Bridge on April 19th, as part of Concord ! s 
observance of Patriots Day. 

On April 20th this flag was presented to Acton; and as a most memor- 
able portion of Acton's Patriots Day Program, Mrs. Gray and her son, 
Peter Gray IV, raised The Peter Gray Flag at the Captain Isaac Davis 
homesite, in honor and remembrance of husband and father who was 
killed in line of military duty in December 1963. This flag is given to 
the care and custody of Mrs. Peter Gray, but is to be flown by the Town 
with appropriate ceremonies on each patriotic holiday. This is the first 
flag ever to be flown at both the Old North Bridge and The Captain Isaac 
Davis Homesite. 



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In appreciation of this fine recognition of Acton's Commander Peter 
Gray, Acton presented to Concord a beautiful "Captain Isaac Davis 
Flag" to be placed in the care and custody of The James J. Mansfield 
Post of The American Legion and to be flown in honor of a Concord soldier. 

PATRIOTS DAY PROGRAM 
April 20, 1964 

6! 00 A.M. .At The Captain Isaac Davis Home - Hayward Road 

Acton ! s celebration of Patriots Day centers around the retracing of 
The Line of March of The Acton Minutemen of 1775 who, under the com- 
mand of Captain Isaac Davis, left the Davis homesite on April 19th, 1775 
at 6:45 A.M. and marched to the Muster Field at Concord near the Old 
North Bridge. Here Captain Isaac Davis's immortal words, "I haven T t 
a man that is afraid to go", resulted in the placing of The Acton Minute- 
men at the head of the line which met the British at the Old North Bridge 
and returned their fire with "the shot heard 'round the world" in the 
first successful organized military resistance to the British Arms, and 
the beginning of The American Revolution. 

Highlights of the 6:00 A.M. Program were martial music by The 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Band, Mr. Constantine Lim- 
ber akis directing; Opening prayer by Rev. Roger Wootton; Welcome by 
R. A. Shamel; The Peter Gray Flag raising by Mrs. Peter Gray and 
Peter Gray IV; Singing of The Star Spangled Banner by Mr. Philip 
Morrison; An address by Governor Endicott Peabody; Placing of a wreath 
honoring the 1775 Minutemen by Girl Scouts Lynnda Gubser, Jeanne 
Gubser and Virginia Brennan and a prayer by Rev. Father Thomas H. 
McNamara followed by a flintlock musket salute by The Acton Minutemen. 
The presentation of a beautiful parade flag to The Acton Minutemen on 
behalf of the Townspeople by Mr. Arthur Lee, Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen was followed by a Patriots Day Address by Mr. Brewster 
Conant and the beginning of the Retracing of the Line of March to the 
Old North Bridge. 

7 A.M. Program at Acton Center 

Flag Raising by Mr. Ivan Wold, original Isaac Davis Trail Scout 
Leader, and Mrs. Robert Hunt, Regent, Capt. Isaac Davis Chapter D.A.R. 
Welcome to Citizens of Littleton by Selectman Arthur Lee. Response by 
Mr. Herbert Pratt, Chairman of Board of Selectmen, Littleton. An 
Address by Governor Endicott Peabody. Placing of wreath by Miss Betsy 
McElvein, 1964 Good Citizenship award winner, assisted by Lucille Hay- 
ward Cunningham, D.A.R. Prayer by J. Gary Campbell. Music by The 
Littleton High School Band, Mr. John Walker, Director. Continuation of 
the march to the Old North Bridge. 

Muster Field Program 

Music by the ABRHS Band. Meeting with the marchers from Carlisle. 
Welcome by Mr. Edwin Small, Director of the Minuteman National Park 
Project, and by Mr. R. J. Rodday, Chairman, Concord Board of Selectmen. 
Response by Messrs. Arthur Lee of Acton, George Meehan of Carlisle, 
and Herbert Pratt of Littleton. Address by Governor Endicott Peabody. 
Music by the Littleton High School Band. The 1775 Story. Minuteman 
march to Old North Bridge. The shot heard round the world. Death of 
Captain Isaac Davis. Pilgrimage to the Old North Bridge. Singing of 
Patriotic Songs led by Philip Morrison, with music by the Acton and 
Littleton High School Bands. 



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Acton Open House 

2 P.M. to 5 P.M. Awarding of scrolls to marchers. Display of 
Isaac Davis Plow at the Town Hall. Display of the Captain Davis sword, 
the James Hayward Powder Horn at the Memorial Library. Display of 
the President Kennedy Inaugural Bible by T. Acton Fitzgerald at the 
Library. Display of Antiques of Early Acton by The Acton Historical 
Society and delicious refreshments by the Acton Woman's Club. 

At the conclusion of his Patriots Day Address, Mr. Brewster Conant 
announced the granting of an easement by himself and his wife to the 
Town of Acton for the use of their land along the Line of March of The 
Acton Minutemen for purposes of Public Celebrations on Patriots Day 
and Independence Day. 

In 1964, for the first time, the Retracing of the Line of March of 
The Acton Minutemen proceeded from the Muster Field over the causeway 
to the Old North Bridge. Permission was granted by Concord and The 
Minuteman National Park Project for the temporary removal of the iron 
fence behind the Minuteman Statue of Captain Isaac Davis so that the 
more accurate historic route could be followed. Later in the year 
National Park archaeologists found the 1775 stone road directly under 
the route followed by the 1964 patriots day marchers. 

MEMORIAL DAY 1964 

Prior to Memorial Day the Committee purchased for the Acton 
Cemeteries geraniums and flags for all Veterans 1 graves. They were 
distributed to the proper graves through the kind efforts of the Acton 
Cemetery Department and its Superintendent, Fred S. Kennedy, assisted 
by the Acton Boy Scouts. The members of the Acton Cemetery Depart- 
ment and the Acton Highway Department were both very cooperative and 
helpful in the preparation of the cemeteries and the route of the parade. 

On Sunday afternoon May 24, 1964 the Marching Unit of the Acton 
Minutemen and Members of the Edwards -Quimby Post #284 American 
Legion gathered in the cemetery in North Acton to pay tribute to the 
Veterans and other citizens of Acton who are buried in that small but 
impressive cemetery. The invocation was given by Rev. Justin J. 
Hartman. A wreath was placed by the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and 
the Minutemen fired three volleys. 

At 4 p.m. on the same day the Committee sponsored an inter-faith 
ceremony to commemorate Memorial Sunday. This service was held in 
the Auditorium of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Six mem- 
bers of the Catholic and Protestant clergy of Acton participated in the 
ceremony. The music was provided by the combined choirs of the St. 
Matthews Methodist Church and the West Acton Baptist Church. The 
committee is grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hayward for the use of 
their electronic organ for the ceremony. The Memorial Sunday message 
was given by Commander Milton U. Ray ChC USN of the First Naval 
District in Boston. 

On Memorial Day from 8:0CLto 8:30 a.m. Mrs. Justin J. Hartman 
played the Chimes of the Acton Congregational Church. The parade 
formed in Acton Center at 8:00 a.m. under the direction of Mr. E. Wilson 
Bursaw, the Marshal. His aides were Sumner D. Zimmer, Theron A. 
Lowden, Fred S. Kennedy, and Arthur P. Charbonneau. The following 
groups were in the line of march: The Colors and the Color Guard, 
Edwards -Quimby Post #284 American Legion and their Auxiliary, the 
Board of Selectmen, the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School band 
under the direction of Mr. C. Limberakis, the Sergeant-at-arms, Paul 



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K. Zimmer and the Wreath Bearers consisting of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 
Girl Scouts and Brownies, Veterans of the Army, Air Force, Coast 
Guard, and Navy, the Marching Unit of the Acton Minutemen, The Acton 
Fire Department, the Acton-Boxborough Regional Junior High School 
Band under the direction of Mr. George Doren (this was their premier 
marching performance), the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Brownies, 
and the Girl Scouts. 

At the services in front of the Town Hall Rev. Father Thomas H. 
McNamara offered the invocation and wreaths were placed on the respec- 
tive monuments in honor of all the deceased veterans of Acton of all 
wars. The Parade proceeded to the Woodlawn Cemetery where similar 
services were held with Rev. Roger W. Wootton offering the invocation. 

From Woodlawn Cemetery the parade was transported in buses to 
South Acton for the next segment of the parade, reforming in the South 
Acton Shopping Center parking lot and proceeding along Main St. to 
Quimby Sq. In Quimby Sq. Rev. H. J. Kotila gave the invocation. A wreath 
was placed in honor of Private Howard L. Quimby who was the first 
soldier from Acton to give his life in World War I. A Detail of Acton 
Naval Reservists marched over the bridge to cast a floral spray into 
the waters of Fort Pond Brook as a token of memory to all Naval, 
Marine and Coast Guard personnel from Acton who have given the sup- 
reme sacrifice. The Spray Bearers were Boy Scouts Scott Carr and 
Douglas Carr, sons of the late Cdr. Robert T. Carr. The parade pro- 
ceeded to the South Acton Fire House for a coffee break which was 
served to all the marchers by the Junior Guild of the South Acton Con- 
gregational Church under the chairmanship of the President, Mrs. 
Alberta Knight. 

Once more the parade was transported by buses to the Mt. Hope 
Cemetery where a wreath was placed in honor of all veterans who are 
buried in that cemetery. The invocation was given by Rev. Deane Lan- 
phear. The parade then marched to Edwards Square. 

In Edwards Square the parade formed around the Mead Triangle. 
A wreath was placed in honor of Private Sidney Edwards and the invoca- 
tion was given by Rev. Dean Starr. At exactly noon Mrs. Peter Gray with 
the aid of the Explorer Scouts posted the Peter Gray Flag to the top of 
the mast and taps were played followed by the singing of the National 
Anthem led by Mr. Philip Morrison. The ceremony was concluded with 
the benediction given by Rev. J. Gary Campbell. From noon until 12:30 
p.m. Mrs. Philip Morrison played the chimes of the West Acton Baptist 
Church. 

At each of the five ceremonies three volleys were fired by a Firing 
Squad from the Marching Unit of the Acton Minutemen. The Hymns were 
played by the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Band and its mem- 
bers played taps and its echo. 

FREEDOM FOUNDATION AWARD ATTEMPT 

An invitation was received to submit a report of our Patriots Day 
activities to the Freedom Foundation for consideration, along with 
hundreds of others, for possible recognition. It was decided to submit 
for a town award based on Acton ! s town-wide participation in Patriots 
Day. 



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A book of about 40 leaves of 11 x 14" size was prepared telling the 
story of Acton's Patriots Day in prose and pictures. The art work was 
done by Mrs. Edward Noyes, much of the photographic work was done 
by Mr. Leonard Lester, and the phrasing by Mr. Ray Shamel. A second 
portion of this book contained letters from Governor Endicott Peabody, 
State Director of Civil Defense, Dan Finn, Archivist of the Commonwealth, 
Dr. Richard Hale, Selectmen from surrounding towns, officers of pat- 
riotic organizations, clergy, scout officials, newspaper editors, and many 
other interested citizens, expressing their approbation of Acton's Pat- 
riots Day Program. 

A second book of newspaper size was prepared containing newspaper 
articles, pictures, and editorials in regard to Patriots Day 1964. News- 
paper coverage of previous Patriots Days in Acton back to 1961 was 
included as background material. This book also included sample scrolls, 
marchers' signature cards, appreciation awards, and other printed mat- 
erial used in connection with Patriots Day. The art work in this book 
was done by Mrs. Thomas Silverberg. Among others who helped in this 
project are Miss Florence Merriam, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Walsh, Mrs. Rob- 
ert Wylie, Mrs. Robert Hunt, Mrs. William Sawyer, Mrs. Raymond 
Shamel, Mr. John Tierney and Mr. Marvin Tolf. The awards will be 
announced at Valley Forge, Pa. at the Freedom Foundation Headquarters 
on February 22, 1965. 

If Acton T s entry is not among the winners, the books will be given 
to the Acton Memorial Library as a current history of Acton's Patriots 
Day Programs. If Acton's entry should win, the books will be retained 
on display at the Freedom Foundation Library at Valley Forge, avail- 
able for study by American and foreign students of the American Way. 

A win could bring national and to some extent international attention 
to Acton's important place in American history and to our enthusiastic 
patriotic feeling and town-wide cooperation in our public celebration of 
Patriots Day. 

CONCLUSION 

The Committee is most appreciative of the enthusiastic support 
which has again in 1964 led to record breaking attendance at Acton's 
Public Ceremonies and Celebrations. We are grateful for the outpouring 
of cooperation and good will from the many individuals and organizations 
--including the news media—that willingly and generously gave their 
time and effort in assuming the responsibility for the projects both 
large and small, yet each of great importance to the smooth and success- 
ful operation of a Public Ceremony or Celebration. 

Plans for 1965 include greater cooperation with surrounding towns 
and improved programs. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOWELL CRAM 

RUSSELL HAYWARD, Secretary 

CARL HEDIN 

CLARK McELVEIN 

PERCY WOOD 

RAYMOND SHAMEL, Chairman 

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108 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE RECREATION COMMISSION 

During the past year the Recreation Commission was most fortunate, 
through an affirmative vote at the Annual Town Meeting, in acquiring 
the services of Mr. Robert Evans as Recreation Director for the ten- 
week summer session. 

The Playground Program was continued for a period of six weeks 
at the four areas in town with many new activities added to the regularly 
scheduled events. The Recreation Commission was fortunate in securing 
use of equipment from the Acton Little League enabling Mr. Evans to 
establish an inter-playground baseball league which played a regular 
schedule of games and also was host to teams from Concord, Bedford 
and Hanscom Air Force Base. With additional funds the Commission 
would like to set up a home and home series with other towns in the 
immediate area. 

Through the efforts of Mrs. Edwin Richter and the Friends of the 
Acton Library, story hours were held once a week at each playground and 
were enthusiastically received by the youngsters. 

A bowling program, completely subsidized by the participants, proved 
to be successful and will be expanded to include the entire six- week 
session in the coming year. 

These new additions plus arts and crafts, kickball, badminton, volley- 
ball and other related activities helped to increase the attendance 
figures by fifty-eight per cent over last year. 

Tennis instruction for beginning, intermediate and advanced players 
was continued at the school courts. To add interest and incentive, 
tournaments were scheduled throughout the six-week session in addition 
to tennis matches with teams from surrounding towns. Again, our thanks 
to the Acton Tennis Association for their help in making the Adult 
Tennis Clinics, held during the month of July, an overwhelming success. 

Mr. Evans, under the direction of the Recreation Commission, set up 
a twilight basketball program with two leagues playing during this first 
year. The games were played at the Florence Merriam School with approx- 
imately one hundred boys and girls participating between the ages of 
fifteen and nineteen years. With the purchase of additional equipment 
the Commission plans to enlarge the program to include youngsters 
in the younger teen-age bracket. Our special thanks to Mr. Edward W. 
Flannery and the Acton Rotary Club for the trophies awarded at the 
final play off games. 

Several special events were added to the regular program - a visit 
to Acton by the M.D.C. Zoo, a Gala Family Night at Jones Field, and 
the Playground Olympics to wind up the summer season. These proved 
very successful and more are planned for next year. 

The swimming classes were continued at Walden Pond under the 
joint sponsorship of the Concord Chapter, American Red Cross and the 
Walden District Water Safety Council. Beginning in 1965 the Council 
will administer the entire program and each member town will be charged 
according to the number of children participating in the program. 

During the past year the Acton Recreation Commission has continued 
to utilize and improve areas now under the ownership of the Town of 
Acton. Since early spring we have been working with the United States 



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Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, and various Boards 
and Committees in Acton doing preliminary work toward the future es- 
tablishment of a swimming facility. With the background information now 
available we have inserted an article in the Annual Town Meeting Warrant 
requesting a sum of money that will allow the Recreation Commission to 
thoroughly complete the tests necessary for this project. 

A well qualified Director, enthusiastic staff, new program ideas but 
mostly YOU the Acton taxpayer, have all contributed toward making 1964 
a banner year in the field of Recreation for the town. Again our thanks to 
the Board of Selectmen and all the people who so generously gave their 
time to our program. 

Re spe ctf ully submitte d, 

GLADYS K. MASON, Chairman 
HELEN MOLAND, Secretary 
WILLIAM J. PHILLIPS 
CHARLES W. PAPPAS 
MARTIN SCANLAN 

# * * * 

REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report as Sealer of Weights and Measures for 
the year ending December 31, 1964: 

Total number of devices inspected and sealed, 180. Sealing fees 
collected and paid to Treasurer, $140.20. 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE K. HAY WARD 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

On December 31, 1964, there were 458 street lights in the Town as 
against 364 when this committee was formed in 1960. 

Throughout the year, new lights have been installed in needed loca- 
tions and in several cases existing lights have been replaced by higher 
lumen lamps. 

We subscribe to the policy adopted with the formation of the com- 
mittee that new street lights will be installed only at street intersections, 
dangerous curves and locations designated as hazardous by the Fire 
Chief, Police Chief or this committee. 

Our suggested budget for 1965 includes a 3% increase of the 1964 
street light bill. This 3% figure should not be exceeded unless there is 
unexpected industrial development in the Town. 

We extend to the Board of Selectmen our sincere appreciation for 
their cooperation during the year 1964. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOSEPH F. BUSHELL, Chairman 
BYRD D. GOSS 
LESLIE F. PARKE 



110 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE SEWERAGE STUDY COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Sewerage Study Committee was authorized and assigned certain 
tasks by articles 30 and 31 of the last Annual Town Meeting. This first 
partial yea r has been consumed in organization and orientation. The 
latter element consisted of meetings and conferences with technical 
personnel in the field of sanitary engineering. As a preliminary step 
to selection of a consulting engineer to conduct the detailed sewerage 
report, eleven (11) engineering firms were interviewed. Out of these 
interviews, four (4) Boston organizations were selected as warranting 
a detailed plant or office survey. The firm of Metcalf and Eddy was 
finally selected. However, a contract will not be consumated until 
allocation of federal funds under Public Law 560, 83rd Congress, as 
amended by P.L. 345, 84th Congress. The application for federal funds 
is being completed. 

A comprehensive work statement has been prepared and acknowledged 
by the consultant detailing the accomplishments to be performed under 
his contract. 

Mr. R. S. Greeley of the State Health Office has attended meetings 
and responded to all questions of procedure and technical background. 
Meetings were convened with other Town Board Committees, and indi- 
viduals wherein coordination or inputs were advisable. Sewage disposal 
plants were investigated at Derry, New Hampshire; Clinton, Massachusetts 
and Omaha, Nebraska (at no cost to the town). 

The present overall cost estimate is approximately 8 million dollars 
to provide optimal sewerage collection and disposal to the town. Under 
the normal planning, design, and funds appropriation procedures, the 
earliest possible date construction could be started will be 1967. The 
completed study effort will provide an orderly phasing to this entire 
construction program within certain economic restraints. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL R. NYQUIST, Chairman 

ALTON B. AVERY 

H. RAYMOND DURLING, Jr. 

ROBERT J. ELLIS 

BRUCE D. SMITH 

* * * * 

PROGRESS REPORT OF SIDEWALK COMMITTEE 

The Sidewalk Study Committee has met six times, and has (1) 
reviewed the existing sidewalks in the town (2) analysed the simplest 
and least expensive means of inter-connecting the major existing 
segments along major arteries, and (3) considered additional sidewalks 
to make more complete the cross town sidewalks along the major way 
of the town (Rte. 27 and Rte. 111). It was the consensus of the Com- 
mittee that a minimum inter-connection of the main parts of the town 
has become necessary for the convenience of the people of the town, 
both those who walk and those who drive. This represents a modest 
objective in the light of the substantial portion already existing. 

(1) The enclosed map is marked to show the existing sidewalks. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 111 

There are a few "spot sidewalks" which are off the main roads and do 
not constitute portions of a through walk-way. This Committee has not 
given consideration to the improvement nor additions to such "spot 
sidewalks". The main bulk of the existing sidewalks is along Routes 111 
and 27 which inter-connect the principal parts of Acton. While not com- 
plete along either Routes 111 or 27, only minor additions are necessary 
to complete a section from South Acton to Acton Center along Route 27, 
and from West Acton to Kelley ! s Corner along Route 111. 

(2) The sections which are needed to complete the sidewalks along 
Route 27 include from Kelley ! s Corner to the Route 2 overpass, a short 
section, with right of way existing. The section across the overpass to 
Taylor Road is lacking in sidewalks, a heavy traffic area, and is one of 
the longest sections, being roughly 3/4 of a mile in length, with difficult 
topography. 

Route 111 represents less length of addition, but has a unique problem. 
The gap in the sidewalks is across Fort Pond Brook, and since Route 111 
is a state highway, the cooperation of acquiescence of the state will be 
required to provide a foot bridge. On both sides of the bridge there are 
short sections which need paving. A section from Kelley's Corner 
towards the Route 2 entry would connect into an existing section which 
would tie in the Brucewood area. 

(3) In addition to these inter-connections above, a few extensions 
will tie a large additional area, with substantial population, into this 
trunk system. At the South Acton end, a 2/3 mile extension beyond the 
railroad bridge area would tie in the densely housed areas along Main 
Street. 

A very short addition of a few hundred feet to Route 111 at the West 
Acton end, from Wright Terrace to Juniper Ridge Road would add an 
access to a substantial area of recent housing. 

If, in the future, road construction such as widening, or straighten- 
ing, of Central Street is contemplated, sidewalks to tie in Indian Village 
should be programmed in the road planning. 

The total additions considered by this Committee represent a very 
minor addition to the sidewalk mileage in the town, less than 15%. Thus 
existing practices are not threatened, nor are new issues raised in the 
fields of maintenance or liability. 

The preceding schedule of sidewalk additions is based on the con- 
venience of all the townspeople. It is suggested that the town consider 
a phased program, whereby a fixed sum (for example $5,000 per year) 
would be appropriated to spread the cost of the improvements over a 
period of years. In this way no single year will have a disturbingly 
larg'e cost to raise the tax rate, and the small yearly investment will 
carry the trunk program to completion in a reasonably short time. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARGARET M. COUGHLAN 
JOHN E. DUNPHY, Jr. 
FRANCIS J. SCHELL 
IRENE M. RHODES 



Sidewalk Study Committee 



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112 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit a report of the activities and progress of the High- 
way Department for the year 1964. 

Chapter 90 Construction 

Construction of the new way on High Street could not be started be- 
cause no funds had yet been made available for the land takings involved. 

Chapter 90 Maintenance 

Mix-in-place, using crushed gravel and asphalt, was applied to 
3300 feet of Central Street. This was followed by an asphalt and sand 
seal. 

Chapter 81 



Numerous streets were resurfaced with asphalt and then sanded. 
These streets were scraped, patched, and swept before resurfacing. 
These streets included: 



Alcott Street 

Barker Road 

Billings Street 
* Charter Road (2600 feet) 

Country Club Road 

Cross Street 
** Duggan Road (750 feet) 

Esterbrook Road 

Fairway Road 

Laurel Court 

Littlefield Road 
** Marian Road (600 feet) 



Minuteman Road 

* Nashoba Road 
North Street 

* Pearl Street 

River Street (2100 feet) 
** Robbins Street (2200 feet) 

South Street 

Strawberry Hill Road 
** Sudbury Road 

Wetherbee Street 

Wood Lane 

Woodbury Lane 



* Indicates streets which were mixed-in-place. 
** Indicates streets which were mixed-in-place, 
then oiled and sanded. 

Drainage 

The Central and Pearl Street project was finished in the late spring. 
Five hundred and fifty feet of pipe was installed with two catch basins 
and two manholes. This completed the drainage in that section of town. 

On Arlington Street at the intersection of Birch Ridge Road 825 feet 
of pipe was laid with three catch basins and two manholes. The culvert 
at Arlington and Homestead Streets was lowered. Two catch basins 
were installed at the intersection of Arlington and Spruce Streets. 

Two dry wejl type catch basins were installed at the intersection of 
Elm Street and Quaboag Road; Also, two catch basins were installed on 
Forest Road in the vicinity of Whittier Drive. One culvert and a catch 
basin were installed on Harris Street, one catch basin was installed on 
Railroad Street, and two new culverts were placed on Hammond Street. 
Three catch basins and 150 feet of pipe were installed on Central Street 
and Nash Road. The drainage project near 433 Main Street consisted of 
350 feet of pipe being laid along with two catch basins and two manholes. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 113 

This year 875 catch basins and drop inlets were cleaned. 

Signs and Lines 

Speed limit signs were installed on High Street, Wetherbee Street, 
Piper Road, and Nagog Hill Road. "Go Slow Children" signs were in- 
stalled in various parts of town. The usual repairs and painting of signs 
was done. 

In the past few years there has been considerable damage done to 
signs either by painting, bending or even to the extent that sign posts 
have been pulled out of the ground. I am in hopes that next year we will 
have our own sign machine which would enable us to make all the 
street and speed signs. 

The usual white and yellow center lines were repainted. 

General Highway 

The parking lot in the rear of the South Acton Fire Station was ex- 
tended. This was graveled, graded, and rolled. The parking lot in 
the rear of the Acton Center Fire Station was enlarged. Drainage was 
installed, and it was then graveled and graded. 

Crushed gravel was hauled and graded on Forest Road, Hammond 
Street, and portions of Minot Avenue and Robbins Street. 

Some of the streets were swept, but there are far too many to be 
taken care of by hired equipment. It is hoped that there will be an arti- 
cle in the Annual Warrant for our own sweeper. Then it would be avail- 
able at all times. 

Disposal Area 

Our disposal area is becoming busier each year. There are now 
five disposal contractors serving the town as well as increased numbers 
of people using the area. 

There is a more controled burning at the area. During the summer 
burning was done in the early morning hours to minimize the smoke 
nuisance. A fire road has been constructed at the rear of the area to 
make easier accessibility for the fire apparatus. 

Under the capable supervision of Arthur Conquest the area has been 
well maintained. The townspeople have been very cooperative in dump- 
ing the rubbish. It is hoped that the area will be adequate for another 
ten years. 

Care of Grounds 



During the summer 170 yards of loam were added to the old Center 
School site, and it was then seeded. One hundred and twenty yards of 
loam was hauled to the area around the tennis court where it was spread 
and seeded. The Town Common, Gardiner Field, and Goward Field 
were fertilized and rolled. The town grounds were maintained. 

Articles 



Articles VIII and DC of the June 8th Town Meeting provided for the 
finishing of Brucewood Road (22 3 feet), Redwood Road (22 8 feet), and 



114 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Oakwood Road (1,227 feet). Three hundred and ninety yards of poor road 
material were excavated from these roads, and 150 feet of pipe was 
laid. Four hundred yards of bank gravel were spread, graded, and rolled, 
following which 513 yards of crushed gravel was applied. Mix-in-place, 
using 5,358 gallons of asphalt and 600 yards of gravel, was applied to 
the above roads. All the structures were then raised to grade, and all 
new street signs were installed in the development. 

Under Article V of the June 8th Town Meeting, mix-in-place two to 
three inches thick was applied to 3,300 feet of Concord Road, 3,000 feet 
of Willow Street with an asphalt and sand seal, and 3,500 feet of Arlington 
Street. A portion of Arlington Street is unsatisfactory and will be 
redone in the spring. 

Sidewalks 



A hot -top walk was installed on School Street between the Exchange 
Hall and a point opposite the Congregational Church. The curbing was 
reset and backfilled. The usual patching was done to sidewalks. 

Equipment 

We received our new five ton Model 260-1 Brockway dump truck late 
this fall, and it is operating very well. 

A new five foot rotary mower was purchased for the Farmall Cub 
tractor. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the 
cooperation I have received from the Board of Selectmen, the entire 
Highway Department, all Departments, and the Water District. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALLEN H. NELSON 

Superintendent of Streets 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN ADMINISTRATION 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

This committee was appointed by the Moderator as directed by the 
Town Meeting of March, 1963. The vote under Article 44 of the Annual 
Warrant was as follows: That the Town vote to authorize the Moderator 
to appoint a committee of five members to be known as the Committee 
on Town Administration. Said committee to be chosen in the following 
manner: One from the Finance Committee, one member from the Plan- 
ning Board, one member from the Personnel Board and two members 
at large. The Committee is charged with studying the fiscal and admin- 
istrative structure of the Town and to make specific recommendations 
which in the judgement of the Committee will tend to improve the admin- 
istration of Town Government, said Committee to report to the Select- 
men and the Town Meeting on or before March, 1965. 

The Moderator appointed the following members: From the Finance 
Committee, Mr. William Chipman, from the Planning Board, Mr. C. Judd 
Farley, from the Personnel Board, Mr. Clyde Home and the two members 
at large, Mr. Phillip Harris and Mr. Charles MacPherson. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 115 

The Committee was saddened by the untimely passing of Charles 
Judd Farley. Mr. Farley had served as the Planning Board representative 
until his resignation in November. Mr. Farley brought a great know- 
ledge of the community and the experience of service on town boards. 
He played a great part in compiling this report and his counsel will be 
missed. Mr. Richard C. Janson has been appointed by the Moderator to 
fill the vacancy. 

Because of other commitments, Mr. Phillip Harris resigned from 
the Committee and the Moderator appointed Mr. Chester H. Moody. 

On April 6th, the Committee held its organizational meeting and 
Mr. MacPherson was chosen as Chairman. The Committee immediately 
set about the task of evaluating administrative techniques that in their 
judgement would be beneficial to the town. Additional meetings were 
held including two open forums, the first on the Selectmen-Manager Plan 
and the second on the executive-Secretary Plan. All town officials 
and the public were invited. The Town Managers of Wilmington and 
Concord have been visited as well as the Executive Secretaries of Wake- 
field and the Town of Burlington. 

In the first week of November the Committee sent a questionnaire 
to the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, the Planning Board 
and the Personnel Board, asking their views on the suoject of adminis- 
trative assistance in town government. The results of this questionnaire 
will appear later in this report. 

The case for a more centralized town administration and a stronger 
office of selectmen is sound. The problems of growth can no longer be 
handled in a part time quasi-independent manner. Experiences in other 
towns have proved the value of centralized authority and coordination. 
We have arrived at a critical point in the development of our town. 
Over the past decade we have embarked on an ambitious school building 
program. We must remember, however, that other town services have, 
out of necessity, suffered during this period. The adequacy of our 
water supply for the projected growth of the community is in question. 
The Water District becoming a part of the town services is near at hand, 
and in the not too distant future we will have to face the problem of town 
sewerage. The fiscal plight of the Commonwealth, with no immediate 
relief in sight, can only add to the great problems facing the Town of 
Acton over the next five years. 

The cost of town government will increase as the years go by, but 
we must be sure to receive a dollar's worth of value for every tax 
dollar spent. 

The town government of Acton remains a congeries of separate 
enterprises with diffused authority and divided responsibility. The pre- 
sent form is today finding difficulty in coping with its day to day problems 
effectively and within two years will be inadequate to cope with the 
future problems. Change is always difficult, but the Town of Acton has, 
over the years after deliberating the facts, risen to the occasion. 

In its study of administrative techniques the Committee considered 
the two plans commonly used in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
namely; the Executive-Secretary Plan and the Selectmen-Manager Plan. 



116 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Executive-Secretary Plan 

The Executive Secretary form of local government is unique to 
Massachusetts, although its counterpart has experienced rapid growth 
elsewhere. The very important difference between an Executive Sec- 
retary and a Town Manager is that the former does not have independent 
authority established by a special act. His authority is best described 
by sentence in the enabling act, Section 23 of Chapter 41 of the General 
Laws: "He shall act by and for the selectmen in any manner which they 
may assign to* him relating to the administration of the affairs of the 
town or any town office under their supervision and control, or, with 
the approval of the selectmen, may perform such other duties as may 
be requested by him or any other town officer, board, committee or 
commission." 

The Executive Secretary, therefore, has only that authority delegated 
to him by the selectmen or any other officer or board. The selectmen, 
however, must be willing to delegate such authority. As the Executive 
Secretary demonstrates administrative competence, as he wins the 
respect and cooperation of departments independent of the selectmen, 
and as he gains popular support, he would undoubtedly be granted more 
responsibilities. 

In most communities the Executive Secretary is the Town Accountant, 
providing him with the day to day financial workings of municipal 
government. In most of the towns now using the Executive Secretary 
Plan, the progress has been one of evolution. He is called upon at one 
time or another to assist every independent board and officer in the 
community. 

Although the position may be attractive to a town desirous of some 
form of professional administrative assistance, it does, however, have 
some serious limitations. It requires support from not only the town 
officials, but the whole town. The administrator relies strictly on his 
ability to persuade and be diplomatic even though his ability may be 
grudgingly admitted after several years, the recruitment of a replace- 
ment and his acceptance by town officers, departments, boards and 
commissions may prove to be a greater than usual problem. 

Selectmen-Manager Plan 

In recent years there has been a definite and increasing trend 
toward the manager form, both in the state and the nation. There are 
now over 2,000 communities who have adopted this plan, plus many 
more in Western Europe. 

The Committee has studied the available reports of committees 
in other towns who have adopted the Selectmen- Manager form and in 
almost every case the municipal problems were similar. As the func- 
tions of town governments become more numerous, technical, and com- 
plex, the problems of daily supervision and coordination become too 
intricate and exacting for part time boards, commissions and committees 
to deal with successfully. Confusion and inefficiencies began to creep 
in, costs became more difficult to control, and tax rates increased so 
that every dollar of unnecessary expense became a concern of the citizens. 
These conditions prevailed generally, although with varying degrees 
of seriousness, among all towns and cities, and were the cause of wide- 
spread interest in the possibilities of municipal reorganization. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 117 

Town Manager plans vary according to the degree in which authority 
and responsibility are focussed in the manager. Authorities urge that 
the best practice in devising a manager form of charter, is to provide 
for the election of policy making officials, such as the selectmen and the 
School Committee, and to put all administrative powers in the hands of 
the manager. There is always the tendency arising from personal con- 
sideration or simply from inertia, to reserve this office or that board 
from the scope of the manager's authority, but experience has shown 
this to be unwise. 

Under the typical Selectmen- Manager charter the voters elect the 
Moderator, School Committee and Selectmen. The Selectmen appoint the 
Manager, Planning Board, Board of Appeals, Town Accountant, Personnel 
Board, Election Officers and Registrars of Voters. Safe guarding the 
traditional system of checks and balances, the Moderator appoints the 
Finance Committee. The Manager makes all other appointments. 
However, in the sensitive positions such as Town Clerk, Treasurer, 
Collector and Assessors, it is subject to the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen. This is the basic difference between the so-called "weak" 
form and the "strong" form of charter. 

(a) There would be no change in town meeting. Control of town 
policies would be as democratic as it is now. And perhaps more so, for 
with a better administrative organization the policies determined upon 
by the voters would be more effectively carried out. 

(b) Elections would be held as heretofore, but instead of voting 
for numerous officers and boards, the voters would choose only their 
Moderator, Selectmen, School Committee and Library Trustees. This 
would concentrate interest in the important offices, and tend to bring 
out candidates of the highest qualifications. 

(c) Citizens would know where to take their complaints if town 
affairs are not run to their satisfaction, namely, the manager. And if 
they did not feel satisfied as to the way the manager handled the problem 
they could then go to the Selectmen. In general, citizens may expect 
better service from a manager than they now get from part time officials, 
boards and commissions, who are not always easy to reach. 

(d) Town employees, if the experience of other towns is a criterion, 
will find they are better off working for a manager than under existing 
town department; and whether they are salaried officials or on an hourly 
pay, their jobs will be just as secure under a manager as they are now. 
What a town employee appreciates most, perhaps, is getting away from 
the practice of buck passing. An administrator with authority must give 
a prompt answer to the requests and complaints of all those who work 
for him. 

(e) Citizens will participate in town government as they do now. 
Again the experience of other communities prove quite conclusively 
the decided increase in citizen participation. The citizen will be just 
as anxious to have efficient management of town affairs as they are at 
present, and they will have a better chance of getting it. But with a 
Town Manager, boards and committees will be concerned with policy 
requiring judgement rather than with detailed administration requiring 
time. This is particularly true in the case of the selectmen, whose work 
when conscientiously performed, now requires more time than any man 
should be asked to give without adequate remuneration. On this subject, 
it is important to remember that most agencies that the Town of Acton 
must deal with on a state and county level operate during the business 



118 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

hours of a business week. This presents quite often a serious handicap 
to the part time official or committee member to secure answers to 
specific municipal questions, whereas a full time administrator can make 
this service part of the duties of his office. 

WHAT SHOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED UNDER 
THE SELECT MEN- MANAGER PLAN? 

(a) The plan will provide a professionally trained administrator. 
The town's business will be conducted in a business-like manner, with 
full time administrative help. It will assure coordination throughout 
town government. 

(b) Improvement in municipal services by better utilization of 
personnel and equipment. 

(c) Economics from centralized purchasing. 

(d) Effective long range planning. 

(e) Continuity in administration. 

(f) Improved employee security and morale. 

IS THERE A PARALLEL INSTANCE IN TOWN GOVERNMENT NOW? 

Yes. The Superintendent of Schools. We all agree that it is proper 
and necessary for the School Committee to hire a skilled and competent 
educator to administer the School System. The case in point is workable, 
efficient, and it does the job well because there is a trained responsible 
head, and the School Committee is the policy making body. For these 
reasons there should be a trained administrator to head the rest of 
town government. 

WHY A FIVE MEMBER BOARD OF SELECTMEN? 

All of the towns who have incorporated the Selectmen-Manager Plan 
save one, have moved to the 5 man Board. This is done in order that 
the board will be more representative, to call upon the extensive talents 
available in the town, to encourage an environment of decision-making 
rather than one of handling administrative detail, and to increase citizen 
contact. 

Views of Town Boards. 

During the first week in November, this committee addressed a 
short questionnaire to the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Finance 
Committee and the Personnel Board to have them express their views 
on the need for administrative assistance in some form. Their replies 
are as follows: 

Board of Selectmen: No answer. 

Finance Committee: Approve need of Administrative 

assistance, support Selectmen-Manager 
form in principle. 

Planning Board: Favor Selectmen-Manager form. 

Personnel Board: In agreement with any move that will 

improve the efficiency of town admin- 

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CONCLUSIONS. 

After evaluating the present method of administering the town, the 
Executive Secretary Plan and Selectmen- Manager Plan and its application 
in the Town of Acton, the committee has decided unanimously to submit 
to the voters an act petitioning the General Court for the adoption of the 
Selectmen-Manager Plan. The time is at hand, we feel, when our town 
government should be streamlined. The hour is getting late for halfway 
measures, and long past the time when we can hope to achieve admin- 
istrative efficiency by appointing a committee, and then another committee 
to make recommendations as to how our recurring problems should 
be solved. We need an administrator, a trained executive, continuously 
on the job to deal with the problems as they arise. 

In making this decision we do not intend to imply any criticism of 
town officers or of town employees. On the contrary, we are convinced 
that they have been doing the best possible job with outmoded govern- 
mental machinery. We sincerely believe that from now on Acton would 
enjoy a better administration in every respect with a Town Manager 
than without one. 

Thus in passing over the Executive Secretary Plan, the Committee 
has taken into consideration the fact that this plan has been presented 
on three different occasions and been defeated. There seemed to be a 
reaction on the part of some town officials and many citizens that this 
position lacked the authority to solve Acton's problems. 

A new charter for Acton will require an enabling act passed by the 
legislature. This Committee has prepared such an act and it will be 
presented to the Annual Meeting of March, 1965. If successful it will 
require that our local Representative have it inserted as a special act 
sometime during 1965. When the act is approved by the legislature, the 
next step is to place the question on the town ballot for the annual town 
election of March, 1966. If the voters approve this question then the 
annual election Of 1967 will bring about the Sleectm en- Manager Plan. 

The suggested charter for Acton contains the following provisions: 

(1) Five selectmen to be elected for staggered three year terms. 

(2) School Committee to be elected as at present. 

(3) Moderator to be elected as at present. 

(4) Trustees of the Memorial Library to be elected as at present. 

(5) ^Finance Committee to be appointed by the Moderator. 

(6) The Selectmen to appoint the Planning Board, the Town Account- 
ant, the Board of Appeals, the Election Officers, Registrars of 
Voters, Personnel Board, Archive Committee and a Town Man- 
ager for a term of three years. 

(7) The Selectmen to have power to remove the Town Manager by 
majority vote on 30 days notice after a hearing. 

(8) The Manager authorized to appoint and supervise all town officials 
except those elected or appointed by the Moderator. 

(9) The Manager authorized to appoint a Town Clerk, a Town Treas- 

urer, a Town Collector and a Board of three Assessors, sub- 
ject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
(a) All other officers, boards, committees and employees of 
the Town, with the exception of the elected officials spec- 
ified in the act. Officials, boards and committees appointed 
by the School Committee. Selectmen and the Moderator 
as provided in the enabling act and employees of the same. 



120 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

*Item 5 in the above is a change in appointing authority for the 
Finance Committee. It provides that the Moderator rather than the 
Selectmen make the appointments. This was done to follow the procedure 
followed in most Massachusetts towns. Since the budget is submitted 
by the Selectmen, and the Finance Committee must make recommenda- 
tions on said budget, the Committee felt that the proper checks and bal- 
ances would be best served if the Finance Committee was not serving 
at the pleasure of the Board of Selectmen. 

The Committee further recommends that the various trust funds 
be incorporated under one Board of Trustees. It was felt that each of 
the various Trust Committees were duplicating their functions. Further 
that the work was minimal and that one Board of Trustees qualified in 
such matters, could better administer the overall trusts. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 

Chairman 
CLYDE J. HORNE 
WILLIAM C. CHIPMAN 
RICHARD C. J ANSON 
CHESTER H. MOODY 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

(PRESENT SYSTEM) 

TOWN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION 



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Voters Elect 

MODERATOR (1YR)* TOWN CLERK (1YR)* SELECTMEN (3YRS) 
ASSESSORS (3YRS)* BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE (3YRS)* TREASURER 
TOWN COLLECTOR (1YR)* SCHOOL COMMITTEE (3 YRS)* CONSTABLES 
(1YR)* CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS (3YR)* BOARD OF HEALTH (3YRS) 
TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY (3 YRS)* PLANNING BOARD (5YRS) 
TREE WARDEN (1YR) 

Moderator Appoints 

COMMITTEE ON TOWN ADMINISTRATION - SEWERAGE STUDY COM- 
MITTEE* SIDEWALK STUDY COMMITTEE AND OTHER SPECIAL COM- 
MITTEES AS DESIGNATED BY THE TOWN MEETING. 




SELECTMEN APPOINT 

EXECUTIVE CLERK - FINANCE COMMITTEE (9) BOARD OF APPEALS 
(3) ASSOCIATES SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS - REGISTRARS OF 
VOTERS (4) TOWN ACCOUNTANT FIRE CHIEF (TENURE) PERMANENT 
FIREMEN (7) TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE (3) ELECTION OFFICERS - 
INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS - DOG OFFICER - SEALER OF WEIGHTS 
AND MEASURES - RECREATION COMMISSION (5) FENCE VIEWERS (2) 
FIRE ALARM OPERATOR - FIELD DRIVERS - SUPERINTENDENT OF 
MOTH WORK - BURIAL AGENT - VETERANS AGENT - DIRECTOR OF 
VETERANS' SERVICES - INSPECTOR OF WIRES AND DEPUTY - 
POLICE OFFICERS (12 CIVIL SERVICE) - WORKMENS COMPENSATION 
AGENT - DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE AND DEPUTY - PUBLIC 
WEIGHERS - TOWN COUNSEL - TOWN ENGINEER AND ASSISTANT - 
BUILDING INSPECTOR AND DEPUTY - GAS INSPECTOR - ARCHIVE 
COMMITTEE (3) TOWN REPORT COMMITTEE - PERSONNEL BOARD 
(5) INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (6) TOWN BUILDING 
COMMITTEE (4) INSURANCE COMMITTEE (5) PUBLIC CEREMONIES 
AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE (6) CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
(7) STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE (3) TOWN EMPLOYEE INSURANCE 
ADVISORY COMMITTEE (5) COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (5) 
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ASSIST MASS. TRANSPORTATION 
COMMISSION. 

-BOARD OF HEALTH APPOINTS- 

TOWN NURSE-AGENT-PLUMBING INSPECTOR 

(PREPARED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN ADMINISTRATION) 



122 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

(PROPOSED UNDER SELECT MEN- MANAGER PLAN) 

TOWN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION 



• 




Voters Elect 

(5) SELECTMEN (3YRS)- MODERATOR (lYR)-(6) SCHOOL COMMITTEE 
(LOCAL AND REGIONAL) (3YRS)-(3) TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL 
LIBRARY (3YRS). 



Moderator Appoints 

(9) FINANCE COMMITTEE (3YRS) -SEWER AGE STUDY COMMITTEE- 
SIDEWALK STUDY COMMITTEE-COMMITTEE ON TOWN ADMINISTRA 
TION-SPECIAL COMMITTEES AS DESIGNATED BY TOWN MEETING. 




Selectmen Appoint 

TOWN MANAGER-PLANNING BOARD-BOARD OF APPEALS-TOWN 
ACCOUNT ANT -PERSONNEL BOARD-ELECTION OFFICERS -REGIS- 
TRARS OF VOTERS- ARCHIVES COMMITTEE. 




TOWN MANAGER APPOINTS 



♦TOWN CLERK-TOWN TREASURER-TOWN COLLECTOR -BOARD OF 
ASSESSORS. 

♦(SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN) 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE-BOARD OF HEALTH-CEMETERY COM- 
MISSIONERS-CONSTABLES-TREE WARDEN-FIRE CHIEF (TENURE)- 
PERMANENT FIREMEN-TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE-INSPECTOR OF 
ANIMALS-DOG OFFICER-SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES- 
RECREATION COMMISSION-FENCE VIEWERS-FIRE ALARM OPERATOR 
FIELD DRIVERS-SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS-SUPERINTENDENT 
OF MOTH WORK-BURIAL AGENT -VETERANS AGENT -DIRECTOR OF 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 123 

VETERANS' SERVICES-INSPECTOR OF WIRES AND DEPUTY-POLICE 
OFFICERS (CIVIL SERVICE) -WORKMENS COMPENSATION AGENT- 
DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE AND DEPUTY-PUBLIC WEIGHERS- 
TOWN COUNSEL-TOWN ENGINEER AND ASSIST ANT -BUILDING 
INSPECTOR AND DEPUTY-GAS INSPECTOR -TOWN REPORT COMMIT- 
TEE-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION-TOWN BUILDING 
COMMITTEE-INSURANCE COMMITTEE-PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND 
CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE-CONSERVATION COMMISSION-STREET 
LIGHTING COMMITTEE -TOWN EMPLOYEE INSURANCE ADVISORY 
COMMITTEE-COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ASSIST MASS. 
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION. 

* * * * 



124 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE TOWN EMPLOYEES 
INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

During the year of 1964 the committee met with a representative of 
Blue Cross & Blue Shield and was advised that the Town employees 
were now eligible for a new plan which Blue Cross & Blue Shield has 
available at a slight increase over the fixed rate which would provide 
the Employees with a better plan than the one that has been in effect 
for the last three years, the committee voted to recommend that the 
contract provide the new plan which is available to the Town Employees. 

The committee is also recommending the acceptance of section 9A 
of Chapter 32B of the General Laws which provides for the Town to pay 
half the costs of Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Life Insurance of a 
retired employee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID W. SCRIBNER 
VIOLA FOLEY 
CAROLYN DOUGLAS 
ARNO PERKINS 
STEWART F. KENNEDY 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

A new sign for the Texas lot was constructed this year. The sign 
at the Durkee lot was repainted. Fallen trees were removed from the 
fire lanes at both locations. 

The Conservation Commission is in the process of acquiring addi- 
tional parcels of land adjacent to the Durkee lot. These additions will 
make the area more accessible to the public. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EMERY NELSON 
ARNO H. PERKINS 
FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Town Forest Committee 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Our tree planting program was started in April this year. Over 70 
trees were planted along town roads or on front lawns adjacent to them. 
Most of them survived despite a severe drought in late summer. 

A number of weak and diseased trees were removed by the Depart- 
ment. Early in December the area was hit by a bad ice storm, damaging 
many of the older trees. A great deal of repair work will be necessary 
to repair these trees in the next year or two. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER 
Tree Warden 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 125 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

We have aided altogether 36 cases under this category. 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE AGED 

Under this category we have aided some cases on a sustaining basis 
and others during periods of hospitalization only. A total of 25 persons 
have received assistance. 

AID TO FAMILIES OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

Ten families with 26 children have been aided. 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE 

Three persons have received assistance. 

GENERAL RELIEF 

Seven cases have been aided either with a temporary cash payment 
or for medical expenses. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditures for the year 
1964: 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE: 

Amount paid to Acton residents $39,912.47 

Federal Share $19,980.00 

State Share 12,100.47 32,080.47 

Acton Share $ 7,832.00 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE AGED: 

Amount paid to Acton residents: $36,169.91 

Federal Share $17,543.41 

State Share 12,349.55 29,892.96 



Acton Share $ 6,276.95 

AID TO FAMILIES OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN: 

Amount paid to Acton residents $17,194.79 

Federal Share $ 8,246.50 

State Share 5,731.60 13,978.10 



Acton Share $ 3,216.69 



126 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE: 

Amount paid to Acton residents $ 6,607.95 

Federal Share $ 1,069.50 

State Share 3,915.57 4,985.07 



Acton Share $ 1,622.88 
GENERAL RELIEF: 

Amount paid to Acton residents $ 2,338.10 

State Share $ 43.20 43.20 



Acton Share $ 2,294.90 

Acton share of NASHOBA PUBLIC WELFARE 

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION $ 1,500.00 

Salaries for Board Members • 100.00 

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES FOR 1965 

Public Assistance - all categories: $50,000.00 

Salaries for Board Members 200.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOSSIE E. LAIRD 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 
PATIENCE H. MacPHERSON 

* * * * 

REPORT OF THE WORKMEN ! S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

For the year ending December 31, 1964, there were eight accidents 
reported from the following departments: 

Acton School Department 2 

Tree & Moth Department 2 

Highway Department 4 

All of these required medical attention only and have been settled except 
one injury that necessitated loss of time and has been satisfactorily 
settled. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THERON A. LOWDEN 
Compensation Agent 

*fr *fi ^^ ^ 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



127 





oto^fTy 




128 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a summary 
of the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance Sheet 
of the Town as of December 31, 1964. 

The 1965 amortization for the bonded indebtedness of the Town, 
and Acton f s share of the Regional School District bond amortization are: 

South Acton Fire House $ 12,000.00 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School . . . . 15,000.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition 10,000.00 

Florence Merriam Elementary School. . 45,000.00 

Regional School District 42,370.00 

School Land 40,000.00 

Police Station 20,000.00 

$184,370.00 



The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the 
School Cafeteria have been verified and I have reviewed the various 
trust funds in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DONALD O. NYLANDER 
Town Accountant 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

January 1, 1964 to December 31, 1964. 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Moderator $ 160.00 $ 100.00 $ 60.00 

Finance Committee 400.00 78.50 321.50 

Selectmen: 

Salaries 1,650.00 1,576.14 73.86 

Expense 3,300.00 3,235.10 64.90 

Capital Outlay 1,600.00 1,563.69 36.31 

Town Office Clerical 

Pool - Wages 29,912.00 25,925.15 3,986.85 

Town Counsel 3,500.00 3,500.00 

Town Accountant: 

Salary 2,125.00 2,125.00 

Expense 255.00 255.00 

Treasurer - Collector: 

Salary 6,250.00 6,250.00 

A 50.00 

Expense 2,550.00 2,390.39 109.61 

Assessors: 

Salaries 3,815.00 3,815.00 

Expense 1,950.00 1,904.17 45.83 



$ 2,150.00 
500.00 
500.00 


$ 


2,150.00 
450.54 


$ 49.46 
500.00 


4,100.00 
3,000.00 




3,695.62 
2,180.47 


404.38 
819.53 


1,500.00 

71.30 

175.00 


A 


713.30 

96.30 
107.25 


786.70 
42.75 


25.00 
24.00 
80.00 


A 


13.50 
20.00 
70.50 


11.50 
13.50 


50.00 
3,000.00 




18.50 
1,174.78 


31.50 
1,825.22 


650.00 




12.92 


637.08 


16,579.00 

1,800.00 

200.00 

100.00 


12,087.47 

1,526.98 

5.83 

76.00 


4,491.53 

273.02 

194.17 

24.00 


$91,971.30 


A 166.30 
$77,001.80 


$14,803.20 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 129 

Town Clerk: 

Salary 

Expense . . • . . 

1965 State Census . . . .R 
Elections and Registrations: 

Salaries and Wages .... 

Expense 

Planning Board: 

Expense ............ 

Guarantee Deposits . . .B 

C 
Board of Appeals: 

Expense 

Guarantee Deposits . . .B 

C 
Archives Committee: 

Expense .' 

Extra Legal Services ..... 
Industrial Development 

Commission 

Engineering Department: 

Salaries and Wages .... 

Expense ............ 

Building Committee , 

Conservation Commission. . 

Total General Government 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Maintenance: 

Salaries and Wages .... $ 5,800.00 $ 5,611.71 $ 188.29 

Expense 10,000.00 

R 156.76 10,156.76 

Total Buildings and Grounds $15,956.76 $15,768.47 $ 188.29 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police: 

Salaries and Wages .... 
Article 29 - Additional 

Officers ,..., 

Capital Outlay 

Expense 

R 
Fire: 

Salaries and Wages .... 
Article 14 ATM 3-11-63 
Full Time Firemen . .B 

Expense 

R 
Fire Alarm System: 

Salaries and Wages .... 

R 
Expense 



$63,544.00 


$63,544.00 


$ 


6,000.00 


5,356.70 


643.30 


750.00 


675.00 


75.00 


8,000.00 






96.24 


8,096.24 




38,063.00 


38,063.00 




12,352.35 


6,911.77 


5,440.58 


13,185.00 






818.00 


13,753.33 


249.67 


8,635.00 






2,171.44 


10,797.57 


8.87 


2,910.00 


2,893.17 


16.83 



130 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated Disbursed 



Hydrant Rental 



R 



Sealer of Weights and 

Measures: 

Salary and Travel ...... 

Expense 

Moth Department: 

Wages 

Expense ,,... 

Tpwn Forest Maintenance . . 
Shade Tree Replacement. . . 
Tree Warden: 

Wages 

Expense 

Wire Inspector: 

Salary and Travel ..... 

Expense 

Building Inspector: 

Salary and Travel . . . . . 



Expense 



R 

r" 



Dog Officer: 

Wages and Travel . . . . . 

Civil Defense 

Gas Inspector: 

Wages ».B 



R 



Expense 



Total Protection of Persons 
and Property 



or 
Available 


or 
Transferre 


:d Balance 


$17,245.00 
355.00 


$17,600.00 


$ 


365.00 
90.00 


365.00 
32.33 


57.67 


4,119.00 

1,700.00 

100.00 

425.00 


4,115.68 

1,687.33 

86.00 

425.00 


3.32 
12.67 
14.00 


3,455.00 
1,520.00 


3,449.72 
1,519.85 


5.28 
.15 


2,000.00 
25.00 


1,853.70 
9.10 


146.30 
15.90 


5,910.00 

30.60 

850.00 

100.00 


5,940.60 
946.89 


3.11 


520.00 
350.00 


507.25 

338.41 


12.75 
11.59 


500.00 

750.00 

20.50 

100.00 


1,270.50 
74.91 

$190,313.05 


25.09 


1197,055.13 


$ 6,742.08 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 



Health: 

Salaries: 

Board 

Town Nurse ....... 

Assistant Nurse. ♦ . . . 
Agent and Assistant 

Agent 

Expense: 

Board 

Town Nurse 

Medical Supplies .... 

Laboratory Fees ....... 

Hospitals and Sanitoriums . 

Clinics 

Garbage 

Inspector Animals: 

Salary 

Expense 

Plumbing Inspectors. . 



R 



$ 350.00 


$ 350.00 


$ 


5,521.00 


5,521.00 




787.00 


618.72 


168.28 


5,000.00 


3,749.29 


1,250.71 


2,000.00 


1,795.18 


204.82 


1,540.00 


1,540.00 




400.00 


308.48 


91.52 


600.00 


600.00 




1,000.00 




1,000.00 


1,500.00 


1,112.77 


387.23 


13,150.00 


13,149.92 


.08 


150.00 


150.00 




30.00 


19.00 


11.00 


2,000.00 






93.50 


2,093.50 





THE TOWN OF ACTON 131 

Appropriated Disbursed 
or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Mosquito Control $ 2,500.00 $ 2,379.40 $ 120.60 

Total Health & Sanitation 



General Highway Maintenance 

Chapter 81 Highways ..... 

G 

Chapter 90 Highways - 

Maintenance 

G 

Snow Removal 

R 

Traffic Signs and Lines. ... 

Vacations and Holidays .... 

Highway Machinery Main- 
tenance 

R 

Street Lighting ......... 

Chapter 90 Highways - 

Construction ....... B 

Article 36 

Article 7 STM 6-8-64. . . 

G 

Sidewalk Maintenance 

Town Dump: 

Wages 

R 

Expense 

Capital Outlay 

Drainage 

Article 8 STM 9-9-63 
Arlington, Parker and 
Martin Streets Con- 
struction B 

Article 26 ATM 3-11-63 
North, South and Cross 
Street Betterments. ♦ . B 



$36,621.50 

HWftVQ 


$33,387.26 


$ 3,234.24 


tlWhlo 

$10,150.00 
17,375.00 
20,075.00 


$10,145.98 
37,450.00 


$ 4.02 


2,000.00 
3,000.00 
37,500.00 
3,300.00 
4,120.00 
2,800.00 


5,000.00 

40,705.13 
4,115.25 
2,800.00 


94.87 
4.75 


10,500.00 

400.00 

16,500.00 


10,898.54 
15,589.81 


1.46 
910.19 


25,347.07 
6,900.00 
2,252.93 

18,000.00 
800.00 


783.13 


52,500.00 
16.87 


4,980.00 

470.00 

1,770.00 

550.00 

16,083.00 


5,449.55 

1,768.00 

544.42 

16,079.32 


♦45 
2.00 
5.58 
3.68 


10,356.30 


425.19 


9,931.11 


1,588.41 


925.04 


663.37 



Total Highways $216,817.71 $152,679.36 $64,138.35 

CHARITIES 

Welfare District Admin- 
istration 

Welfare Board - 

Federal Funds. B 

G 
Disability Assistance . . . B 

G 
Old Age Assistance . . . . B 

G 
L 
Aid to Dependent 

Children B 



$ 1,600.00 
243.29 


$ 1,600 


.00 


$ 










153.80 


212, 


.50 




184.5 


1,896.90 












1,038.50 


2,259, 


.33 




676 


►07 


26,925.72 












19,270.12 












278.88 


25,202, 


.04 


21 


,272, 


.6 8 


6,635.69 


A 100, 


.37 









132 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 



Medical Aid B 

G 
Public Assistance ♦ 



Total Charities 



Veterans 1 Benefits: 
Aid 



G $ 8,545.00 $ 9,158.80 

18,796.37 
45,000.00 

X 100.37 

$134,817.28 $102,229.04 

VETERANS* AID 



$ 8,545.00 

6,079.20 

17,150.18 

45,000.00 



$ 5,921.52 
4,433.01 



$32,487.87 



R 



Agent ! s Salary. . 
Agent T s Expense 



$ 8,500.00 

5,499.79 

1,720.00 

275.00 



$ 



13,999.79 

1,720.00 

273.53 



$ 



1.47 



Total Veterans' Aid 



$15,994.79 
RECREATION 



Wages 

Article 21 - Director ..... 
Expense 

Capital Outlay 

Water Safety Program .... 
Article 20-Jones Field Fence 



$ 1,835.00 

1,000.00 

600.00 

950.00 

1,824.00 

750.00 



$15,993.32 $ 1.47 



$ 1,587.30 $ 247.70 

999.98 .02 

531.60 68.40 

929.25 20.75 

1,565.00 259.00 

730.10 19.90 



Total Recreation 



$ 6,959.00 
EDUCATION 



$ 6,343.23 $ 615.77 



Instruction 

Local. . $418,059.00 $417,957.92 $ 



Regional 

Plant Operation 

Local 

Regional 

Transportation 

Local. 

Regional 

Non-Instructional Services 

Local • »••.... 

Regional 

General Control 

Local 

Regional 

Capital Outlay 

Local 

Regional 

Contingency Fund 

Local. 

Regional. . 

Other Regional - 

Athletic Fund 
Blanchard Auditorium 

Local 

Regional. .••••••••• 



387,495.29 387,495.29 



44,245.00 
35,696,59 

47,198.00 
17,154.82 

5,000.00 
12,091.26 

11,850.00 
12,503.58 

7,087.00 
3,558.90 

1,000.00 
556.35 

7,611.40 

9,725.00 
6,100.06 



42,466.41 
35,696.59 

47,198.00 
17,154.82 

4,947.68 
12,091.26 

11,763.11 
12,503.58 

3,662.20 
3,558.90 

694.41 
556.35 

7,611.40 

9,682.31 
6,100.06 



101.08 
1,778.59 



52.32 

86.89 

3,424.80 

305.59 



42.69 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



133 



Appropriated Disbursed 



Cafeteria 



Vocational Tuition and 
Transportation . . , 

School Maintenance - 
Federal P L 815 

School Maintenance - 
Federal P L 874 



or 
Available 

B. $ 8,516.18 
C 67,945.05 



or 



Transferred Balance 



• • • • 



McCarthy School Addition 

Construction. 

1963 Elementary School, . 

Total Education 



B 

B 
G 

B 
B 



2,000.00 

819.68 

21,436.80 
18,439.00 

429.99 
25,266.34 



64,182.71 
1,949.71 



12,278.52 

50.29 

819.68 



710.65 39,165.15 



429.99 
25,266.34 



$1, 171,7 85.29$1, 087, 983. 36 
LIBRARIES 



$83,801.93 



Salaries and Wages 

Expense 

Books 



Capital Outlay. . . . 
Tainter Fund . . . . 
Citizens 1 Library - 

West Acton: 

Wages 

Expense 



$11,225.00 

3,202.00 

B 204.25 

7,000.00 

300.00 

T 294.50 



625.00 
600.00 



Total Libraries 



Salaries and Wages. 

Expense ; 

Mount Hope Oiling . 



$23,450.75 
CEMETERIES 



Funds: 

Perpetual Care 



Hosmer 



Blanchard, 
Wetherbee . , 



Raymond 
Whitney . 



Knowlton . . . 

Davis 

Watson 

Wells 

Conant 

Ames 

Hoit and Scott 
O'Neill 



B 



B 
T 
B 
T 
B 
B 
T 
B 
B 
T 
B 
B 
B 
B 
B 
B 
B 
B 



$18,500.00 

3,371.00 

294.02 

600.00 

980.68 

500.00 
1,159.51 

500.00 
47.30 
58.85 

100.00 
83.08 
27.06 
50.00 
76.33 
41.60 
52.61 
44.75 
30.85 
38.31 
50.56 
18.60 



$10,599.70 
2,677.36 

7,103.32 
270.80 
294.50 



622.04 
501.11 



$ 



625.30 
524.64 

100.93 
29.20 



2.96 
98.89 



$22,068.83 $ 1,381.92 



$18,398.07 $ 
3,351.45 



872.17 

1,325.61 
26.05 

118.58 
31.40 

45.50 
25.60 
17.80 
52.20 
23.25 
12.40 

8.95 
10.55 

6.95 



101.93 
19.55 

894.02 



608.51 

333.90 
21.25 

40.27 
51.68 

31.56 
50.73 
23.80 
.41 
21.50 
18.45 
29.36 
40.01 
11.65 



134 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Article 46, 1962 - 

Woodlawn Cemetery . B $ 1,200.00 $ 388.00 $ 812.00 

Total Cemeteries 



Town Reports 

Workmen's Compensation . . 

Surety Bonds 

Group Insurance and 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield. . 

R 

Fire Insurance - Town 

Buildings 

Boiler and Machinery Ins- 
urance ••••• 

Motor Vehicle Liability 

Insurance 

Public Ceremonies and 

Celebrations 

R 

Miscellaneous 

Bodily Injury Liability 

Insurance 

Total Other Classified 
Expenses 



Pension Fund 

Pension Fund Expense . . . . 
Military Service Fund 



$27,825.11 


$24,714.53 


$ 


3,110.58 


ASSIFIED EXPENSES 






$ 2,600.00 

7,000.00 

615.00 


$ 2,490.81 

5,384.54 

492.51 


$ 


109.19 

1,615.46 

122.49 


7,200.00 
363.06 


7,563.06 






6,000.00 


4,235.46 




1,764.54 


940.00 


891.42 




48.58 


3,000.00 


2,832.96 




167.04 


1,000.00 

47.32 

500.00 


1,047.32 
314.80 




185.20 


750.00 


629.60 




120.40 


$30,015.38 


$25,882.48 


$ 


4,132.90 


PENSIONS 








$12,798.00 

689.11 

4.80 


$12,798.00 

689.11 

4.80 


$ 





Total Pensions $13,491.91 $13,491.91 $ 

AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS 

McCarthy Elementary School: 

Debt $15,000.00 $15,000.00 $ 

Interest . 2,500.00 2,500.00 

Merriam School: 

Debt 45,000.00 45,000.00 

Interest 20,520.00 20,520.00 

Regional School: 

Debt 42,370.00 42,370.00 

Interest 32,637.25 32,637.25 

McCarthy School Addition: 

Debt 15,000.00 15,000.00 

Interest . . . 1,170.00 1,170.00 

South Fire House: 

Debt 12,000.00 12,000.00 

Interest 900.00 900.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 135 

Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 

Anticipation of Revenue Notes: 

Interest $ 1,200.00 

R 574.17 $ 1,774.17 $ 



Total Amortization of Debt 
and Interest Requirements $188,871.42 $188,871.42 $ 

SPECIAL ARTICLES 

44-ATM 3-11-63 Compilation 

of By-laws 

3-STM 6-8-64 Accounting 

Equipment .......... 

3-STM 1-20-64 Assessor's 

Map 

39-ATM 3-10-58 Archives 

Committee 

6-STM 12-12-60 Conserva- 
tion Commission 

32-Sewerage Study Com- 
mittee 

28-Police Cruisers ...... 

2 7 -Radar Unit and Control 

Signs 

14-Police Station - 

Construction 

D 
3-STM 10-28-63 Police 

Station Land ....... B 

4-STM 10-28-63 Police 

Station Architect . . . . B 
37-ATM 3-11-63 Emergency 

Generator 

60- ATM 3-12-62 Hydrant 

Pope Road 

13-Fire Alarm System 

Extension 

64-ATM 3-12-62 Auxiliary 

Fire Dept 

39-ATM 3-11-63 Fire Alarm 

Circuit Split 

29-ATM 3-14-60 Town Dump 

Addition 

40-ATM 3-12-62 Parker 

Street Intersection. .... 
4-STM 1-20-64 Rebuild 

Grader Engine. ....... 

34-Highway Truck 

64-ATM 3-11-63 Speed Limit 

Signs, High Street 

29-ATM 3-13-61 Martin Street 

Culvert and Bridge. .... 
8-STM 6-8-64 Brucewood/ 

Redwood Roads 

9-STM 6-8-64 Oakwood Road 
5-STM 6-8-64 Willow- Arling- 
ton/Concord Streets 



$ 2,500.00 
7,000.00 


$ — 

6,816 


.34 


$ 2,500.00 
183.66 


8,000 


.00 


3,246 


.45 


4,753.55 


1,000 
200 
300 


.00 
.00 
.00 






1,000.00 
200.00 
250.00 






50 


.00 


5,500 


.00 


4,700.46 


799.54 


1,321 


.00 


1,295 


.00 


26.00 


6,000 


.00 








100,000 


.00 


59,142 


.35 


46,857.65 


100 
3,000 


on 






100.00 


.00 


3,000 


.00 


1,950.00 


1,949, 


.00 


1.00 


1,000, 
1,000, 


.00 
.00 






1,000.00 


1,000, 


.00 


435.00 





-- 


435.00 


4,935.00 


4,665, 


.00 


270.00 


1,000.00 
1,200*00 






1,000.00 
1,200.00 





-- 


1,500, 


,00 


1,284.17 


215.83 


12,000, 


,00 


11,999, 


,00 


1.00 


310. 


,00 


299, 


,00 


11.00 


2,500, 


,00 





-- 


2,500.00 


1,000, 


,00 


1,000, 


,00 




3,000. 


,00 


3,000. 


,00 




10,963. 


,30 


10,963. 


,30 


_ 



136 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Appropriated Disbursed 

or or 

Available Transferred Balance 



STM 6-24-57 Civil De- 
fense - Gonset Rigs . . . . 

STM 6-24-57 Civil De- 
fense - Power Unit. .... 

58-ATM 3-11-63 Civil De- 
fense - Gonset Rigs .... 

23 Bell and Clock System - 
Towne School 

24 Sprinkler System - 
Towne School 

1-STM 10 r 19-64 Flerra 

School Land 

D 

25 Repaint Interior - 
Towne School 

26 Desks and Chairs - 
Towne School ........ 

5-STM 10-28-63 Library 
Addition 

2-STM 6-8-64 Library 

Addition 

17-ATM 3-9-59 Mount 

Hope - Clearing . 

31-ATM 3-14-60 Cemeteries 
Layout ...........B 

6-STM 6-8-64 1963 In- 
surance Bill 

Stabilization Fund ....... 

Total Special Articles 



12,335.77 



90,000.00 



$ 625.00 $ 

300.00 

475.00 

1,250.00 

15,000.00 

51,000.00 
40,000.00 

9,000.00 

5,000.00 

5,000.00 

10,000.00 

2,000.00 

200.00 

217.85 217.85 

A32,000.00 

162,000.00 130,000.00 

A32,000.00 
$479,782.15 $352,544.19 



4,735.00 



845.50 



$ 625.00 

300.00 

475.00 

1,250.00 

2,664.23 

1,000.00 
9,000.00 
5,000.00 

265.00 

10,000.00 

1,154.50 

200.00 



$95,237.96 



Total of all Departmental 
Items 



A32,266.67 
$2,_6_5_1_,415 J 48$2,309,272.25 $309^87_6_^_6 



AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency: 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts. . . $ 1,527.32 

State Parks and Reservations 3,963.63 

State Motor Vehicles Excise Bills . . 789.90 

Middlesex County Tax 23,379.96 

Middlesex County Hospital Assessment 587.38 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses .... 2,081.50 

Federal Withholding Taxes 83,854.99 

State Withholding Taxes. 12,661.53 

Massachusetts Hospital Service .... 7,094.63 

Middlesex County Retirement Association 13,538.47 
Massachusetts Teachers 1 Retirement Fund 19,452.51 

Acton Teachers* Insurance 1,023.73 

Acton Employee Life Insurance .... 793.20 

Trust: 

Conservation 7,899.73 

Charity 1,250.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 137 

Cemeteries $ 6,200.00 

Firemen's Relief Fund 275.00 

Trust Fund Income 19,220.07 

Refunds: 

Taxes 17,588.17 

Board of Health 15.00 

Anticipation of Revenue Note 200,000.00 

Court Judgements 37,609.55 

Total Agency and Trust $460,806.27 

Grand Total of all Cash Disbursements $2,770,078.52 



Treasurer's Report - Paid Selectmen's 

Orders for 1964 $2,771,728.48 

Less - Checks canceled 1,649.96 

Net Payments, as above $2,770,078.52 



Recap of transfers from the Reserve Fund 

Veterans' Benefits $ 5,499.79 

Fire Alarm System-Wages 2,171.44 

Fire Department-Expense 818.00 

Dump-Wages 470.00 

Debt Interest 574.17 

Hydrant Rental 355.00 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Town Employees 363.06 

Snow 3,300.00 

Machinery Maintenance 400.00 

1965 State Census 500.00 

Building Inspector-Salary . 30.60 

Building Inspector-Expense . 100.00 

Gas Inspector-Wages 20.50 

Plumbing Inspector-Wages 93.50 

Buildings and Grounds-Expense .... 156.76 

Police Department-Expense 96.24 

Public Celebrations and Ceremonies 

Committee 47.32 

$14,996.38 



KEY TO ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS 

A Audit adjustments 

B Balance from previous year 

C Cash receipts 

D Debt Increase 

G Grants from Federal, State and County Funds 

L Lien Recoveries from Welfare cases 

R Reserve Fund transfers 

T Trust Fund transfers 



138 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



BALANCE SHEET 
December 31, 1964 
ASSETS 



Cash: 

General Funds 

Petty Cash Funds 

Accounts Receivable: 

Taxes 

Levy of 1960 

Personal Property 

Levy of 1961 

Personal Property 

Levy of 1962 

Personal Property 

Levy of 1963 

Real Estate $ 3,587.68 

Poll 10.00 

Personal Property. 91.30 

Levy of 1964 ^— — 

Real Estate 35,392.16 

Personal Property . 5,439.50 

Motor Vehicle Excise: 

Levy of 1960 

Levy of 1961 

Levy of 1962 

Levy of 1963 

Levy of 1964 

Tax Titles. 

Tax Possessions 

Taxes in Litigation. 

Departmental: 

Recreation 

Citizens 1 Library. ....... 

Planning Board 

School 

Veterans' Aid 

Aid to Dependent 
Children 

Cemetery 

Highway 

Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 

Under-estimate, 1964 Assessment: 
Middlesex County Tax 

Due from Stabilization Fund: 

School Construction 

Ladder Truck 



$533,351.82 
70.00 



76.00 

38.00 

123.00 

3,688.98 
40,831.66 



$533,421.82 



44,757.64 



635.04 




656.99 




879.88 




4,363.18 




31,688.50 


38,223.59 


860.07 




367.73 


1,227.80 




82.18 


77.50 




11.00 




50.00 




436.61 




3,647.70 




1,714.20 




100.00 




891.64 


6,928.65 


21,193.74 




8,400.00 


29,593.74 




1,451.54 


75,000.00 




32,000.00 


107,000.00 



$762^6.86:^6 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
Apportioned Street Assessments not Due 



139 



$___?-« 6 50 J_7_ 



Loan in Anticipation of State and County Reimbursement 

State 

County 



33,575.00 
7,500.00 

—41 ,07 5 ,00 



LOANS AUTHORIZED - NOT ISSUED 



New Elementary School, 
Library Addition 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds - Cash and Securities: 
In Custody of Town Treasurer . . 
In Custody of Trustees . . 



800,000.00 
200,000.00 

_1 J Q00^0_0_0_^0P 



_829 i p_0_0^pp 



550,099.84 
._ 3*46 5 ,44 



LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 



Employees 1 Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes. 

State Taxes . 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 

Middlesex County 

Retirement System. 

Group Life Insurance 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals 

Planning Board 

Unclaimed Checks 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances 
Unexpended: 
Cemetery - 

Perpetual Care 

Susan Noyes Hosmer ..... 

Luke Blanchard 

J. Roland Wetherbee. ..... 

Georgia Whitney 

Hoit and Scott 

Henry S. Raymond 

Frank Knowlton 

Robert I. Davis 

Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie F. Wells 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

A. B. Conant 



9,316.10 

1,202.92 

859.07 

1,463.85 
86.78 



13.50 

42.75 



608.51 
333.90 
21.25 
40.27 
31.56 
40.01 
51.68 
50.73 
23.80 
.41 
21.50 
29.36 
11.65 
18.45 



$ 12,928.72 

56.25 
279.76 



1,283.08 



140 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Federal Grants: 

Welfare Administration. 

Old Age Assistance 

Medical Aid for Aged Persons . . 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Disability Assistance . 

Public Law 815 School 

Public Law 874 School 

Revolving Fund - School Department: 
Cafeteria . 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 

1965 State Census 

Chapter 90 Construction 

Article 8 STM 9.9.63 Con- 
struction - Arlington/ 
Parker Streets . . 

Julia McCarthy School 

Addition-Construction 

1963 Elementary School 

Article 46 (1962) Woodlawn 

Cemetery . 

Article 23 (1955) Mount 

Hope Oiling. 

Article 4 STM 6-8-64 Mount 

Hope Oiling 

Article 44 ATM 3-11-63 Com- 
pilation of By-laws 

Article 3 STM 6-8-64 Ac- 
counting Equipment 

Article 3 STM 1-20-64 As- 
sessors 1 Map 

Article 39 ATM 3-10-58 Ar- 
chives Committee ....... 

Article 6 STM 12-12-60 Con- 
servation Commission .... 

Article 32 ATM 3-9-64 

Sewerage Committee ..... 

Article 14 ATM 3-9-64 Police 

Station Construction 

Article 3 STM 10-28-63 

Police Station Land ...... 

Article 60 ATM 3-12-62 Hy- 
drant, Pope Road . 

Article 64 ATM 3-12-62 Aux- 
iliary Fire Dept 

Article 39 ATM 3-11-63 Fire 

Alarm Circuit Split ...... 

Article 29 ATM 3-14-60 Town 
Dump Addition 

Article 40 ATM 3-12-62 Parker 
Street Intersection 

Article 29 ATM 3-13-61 Martin 
Street Culvert & Bridge. . . . 

STM 6-24-57 Civil Defense, 

Gonset Rigs 

STM 6-24-57 Civil Defense, 

Power Unit 



I 184.59 

21,272.68 

4,433.01 

5,921.52 

676.07 

819.68 

39,165.15 



500.00 
52,500.00 



9,931.11 

429.99 
25,266.34 

812.00 

294.02 

600.00 

2,500.00 

183.66 

4,753.55 

1,000.00 

200.00 

250.00 

46,857.65 

100.00 

1,000.00 

435.00 

270.00 

1,000.00 

1,200.00 

2,500.00 

625.00 

300.00 



72,472.70 



12,278.52 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 141 

Article 58 ATM 3-11-63 Civil 

Defense, Gonset Rigs 475.00 

Article 23 ATM 3-9-64 Bell & 

Clock System-Towne School. 1,250.00 

Article 24 ATM 3-9-64 Sprink- 
ler System, Towne School . . 2,664.23 
Article 25 ATM 3-9-64 Repaint 

Interior, Towne School .... 9,000.00 

Article 26 ATM 3-9-64 Desks 

and Chairs, Towne School . . 5,000.00 

Article 5 STM 10-28-63 

Library Addition 265.00 

Article 2 STM 6-8-64 

Library Addition 10,000.00 

Article 1 STM 10-19-64 

Flerra School Land 1,000.00 

Article 17 ATM 3-9-59 Mount 

Hope Clearing. 1,154.50 

Article 31 ATM 3-14-60 

Cemeteries Layout 200.00 $184,517.05 

County Dog License Fees 105.25 

Cemetery Land Fund 6,180.35 

Road Machinery Fund 6,119.64 

Tax Title Foreclosures 180.00 

Bond Forfeiture 81.94 

Over-estimate, 1964 Assessment 

State Parks 355.67 

Premium on Police Station Note Issue. 90.00 

Reserves for appropriations from Stabilization Fund: 

School Construction $75,000.00 

Ladder Truck 32,000.00 107,000.00 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds .... 70.00 

Revenue reserved until collected: 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 38,223.59 

Tax Titles and Possessions. . . . 1,227.80 

Taxes in litigation 82.18 

Departmental 6,928.65 

State and County Aid to 

Highways 29,593.74 76,055.96 

Overlays reserved for abatements: 

Levy of 1960 76.00 

Levy of 1961 38.00 ■ 

Levy of 1962 123.00 

Levy of 1963 3,688.98 

Levy of 1964 8,161.54 12,087.52 

Overlay Surplus - Reserve Fund . . 17,419.71 

Surplus Revenue 253,124.84 

$Z62^6_8_6_._9_6 



142 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
Street Assessments for Betterments, . t==li^P='2- 

LOAN IN ANTICIPATION OF STATE AND COUNTY REIMBURSEMENT 

Chapter 81 $ 20,075.00 

Chapter 90, Construction 3,000.00 

Chapter 90, Maintenance 18,000.00 



41,075.00 



LOANS AUTHORIZED - NOT ISSUED 



New Elementary School 800,000.00 

Library Addition 200,000.00 

Jl^QQQ^aO^Oi) 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School-Florence A. Merriam $135,000.00 

Elementary School-Julia McCarthy 30,000.00 

Addition to Julia McCarthy School 30,000.00 

South Fire Station . 24,000.00 

Police Station 100,000.00 

Land for New Elementary School 40,000.00 359,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School-Florence A. Merriam 390,000.00 

Elementary School-Julia McCarthy 80,000.00 470,000.00 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In custody of Town Treasurer: 
Charity Funds - 

Elizabeth M. White $ 28,122.01 

Georgia E. Whitney 14,431.61 

Betsy M. Ball 16,066.66 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial . . 11,994.31 

Cemetery Funds - 

Arlette Appleyard 2,000.00 

Henry S. Raymond- Monument 1,216.93 

Henry S. Raymond-Care. . . 2,667.37 

Hoit and Scott 702.54 

J. Roland Wetherbee. ..... 13,867.87 

Perpetual Care 125,155.24 

Luke Blanchard„ 2,737.01 

Frank C. Hayward 1,628.81 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,981.48 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 105,374.49 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1,203.30 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,202.61 

George T. Ames 513.66 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 436,56 

Sarah A. Watson 2,978.70 

Carrie F. Wells 3,602.91 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 143 

A. B. Conant Family .... $ 1,142.08 
Elbridge Jones Robbins 

and Descendants 1,022.50 

Library and Educational Funds - 

Acton High School 4,781.24 

Wilde Memorial 35,798.05 

Georgia E. Whitney 17,991.45 

Conservation Fund 21,736.55 

Firemen^ Relief Funds - 

Acton 12,422.91 

West Acton 1,174.75 

Stabilization Fund 116,146.24 

ISiQafiS&ii 

In custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow I__3a.46_5_.54_ 



^C T* *P *P 



144 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ASSESSORS REPORT - 1964 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Taxes assessed as follows: 

Buildings exclusive of land $14,437,085.00 

Land 1,472,205.00 

Personal 1,298,105.00 

TOTAL VALUATION $17,207,395.00 

Valuation - January 1, 1963 15,805,755.00 

Increase in Valuation $ 1,401,640.00 

Rate of Taxation - $86.00 per $1,000. 

Real Estate $1,368,198.94 

Personal Estate 111,637.03 

TOTAL TAXES ASSESSED $ 1,479,835.97 

Amount of Money Raised: 

State Parks and Reservations $ 4,718.07 

State Audit and Municipal Accounts 1,527.32 

Motor Vehicle Excise Bills 789.90 

County Tax 22,029.12 

Tuberculosis Hospital Grant 587.38 
Town Grant 1,40 3,184.18 

Overlay 47,000.00 



$ 1,479,835.97 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Number of Vehicles Assessed - 6026 

Commissioners value of Motor 

Vehicles and Trailers $4,628,670.00 

Rate of Excise - $66.00 

Total Excise $ 265,303.40 

Added Excise of 1963 12,187.26 

Number of vehicles - 

Added excise - 526 

Value of vehicles - Added Excise 517,908.00 

Recommitted Excise - 1963 149.05 

Number of vehicles - 

Recommitted Excise - 3 

Value of Vehicles - Recommitted Excise 3,050.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

DEWEY E. BOATMAN 
CARL C. FLINT 
CARL R. GODFREY 

Board of Assessors 
# # # # 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 

TOWN COLLECTORS REPORT 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 $ 312.00 

Payments to Treasurer $ 0.00 

Abatements 312.00 
Outstanding December 31, 1964 0.00 „ ssss 3&jLjfSf 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 300.00 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Abatements 300.00 
Outstanding December 31, 1964 0.00 ____300 = .00 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1960 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 380.00 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Abatements 304.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 76.00 _____380_,p;0. 

POLL TAXES - 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 6.00 

Refund 2.00 8.00 

Payments to Treasurer 4.00 

Abatements 4.00 
Outstanding December 31,1964 0.00 Ji-QQ = 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 342.00 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Abatements 304.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 38.00 ._342,00 

REAL ESTATE TAXES - 1961 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 2 3.56 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Transfer to Tax Litigation 23.56 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 0.00 ._2_3._5_6_ 

POLL TAXES - 1962 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 24.00 

Refund 2.00 26.00 



146 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Payments to Treasurer $ 2.00 

Abatements 24.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 0.00 $ a ___2<L«0p_ 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1962 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 12 3.00 

Payments to Treasurer 0.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 123.00 = = ^^A?A£§ 

REAL ESTATE TAXES - 1962 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 2,171.15 

Payments to Treasurer 1,991.98 

Transfer to Tax Titles 153.75 

Transfer to Tax Litigation 25.42 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 0.00 ^ = 2J = 71 = .J.5 

POLL TAXES - 1963 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 112.00 

Refund ~ 4.00 116.00 

Payments to Treasurer 36.00 

Abatements 70.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 10.00 = UA*9 Q = 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1963 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 4,577.45 

Payments to Treasurer 4,486.15 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 91.30 = == 4 t 577 = ,45 = 

REAL ESTATE TAXES - 1963 

Outstanding January 1, 1964 40,641.55 

Refund 166.00 40,807.55 

Payments to Treasurer 36,865.04 

Abatements 166.00 

Transfer to Tax Titles 155.63 

Transfer to Tax Litigation 33.20 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 3,587.68 = _4g t §g:'L»55_ 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - 1964 

.Commitment per warrant 111,637.03 

Payments to Treasurer 106,008.33 

Abatements 189.20 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 5,439.50 _!!!«6_37.0_3_ 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

REAL ESTATE TAXES - 1964 



147 



Commitment per warrant 
Refunds 

Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Transfer to Tax Titles 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



$1,368,198.94 

8,458.56 $1,376,657.50 

1,302,409.68 
38,649.26 
206.40 
35,392.16 jLl^ 37 6 1 6_57_._50 



MOTOR VEHICLE & TRAILER EXCISE-1960 
Outstanding January 1, 1964 



1,020.62 



Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



18.97 
366.61 
635.04 = = _l h = 2J) = S2- 



MOTOR VEHICLE & TRAILER EXCISE-1961 
Outstanding January 1, 1964 



1,345.78 



Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



4.43 
684.36 
656.99 _l t 345_.7_8 



MOTOR VEHICLE & TRAILER EXCISE-1962 
Outstanding January 1, 1964 



2,281.12 



Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



302.30 
1,098.94 

879.88 ..2*281 J 2 



MOTOR VEHICLE & TRAILER EXCISE-1963 



Outstanding January 1, 1964 
Commitment per warrant 
Refunds 

Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



43,904.21 

12,336.31 

2,693.09 



58,933.61 



45,602.89 
8,967.54 
4,363.18 __58 t 933J_l 



MOTOR VEHICLE & TRAILER EXCISE-1964 



Commitment per warrant 
Refunds 

Payments to Treasurer 

Abatements 

Audit Adjustment 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 



265,303.40 

6,262.52 271,565.92 

219,144.26 
20,733.16 
1.85 
31,686.65 _271 t 5_6_5_^9_2 



148 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

FARM ANIMAL EXCISE - 1964 

Commitment per warrant $ 109.14 

Payments to Treasurer 109.<1_4_ 

STREET BETTERMENTS ADDED TO TAXES - 1964 

Commitment per warrant 671*58 

Payments to Treasurer 671*58. 

COMMITTED INTEREST - 1964 

Commitment per warrant 80.57 

Payments to Treasurer J$P=*§ J- 

INTEREST & COSTS ON TAXES - EXCISE - ASSESSMENTS 

Collections 1964 1,176*53 

Payments to Treasurer _ = _1jJLT6.«PJL 

CERTIFICATES OF MUNICIPAL LIEN - 1964 

Collections 1964 876.00 

Payments to Treasurer 876.00_ 

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENTS 
NORTH & CROSS STREETS 

Commitment per warrant 7,333.77 

Payments to Treasurer 1,025.70 

Outstanding December 31, 1964 6,308.07 = __7 t 333.77 = 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR 

Town Collector 

7f+ TjC ^t Tfi, 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 149 

STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 

To The Board of Selectmen 

Mr. Arthur W. Lee, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and accounts of 
the town of Acton for the year ending December 31, 196 3, made in 
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is 
in the form of a report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, Assistant 
Chief of Bureau. 

Very truly yours, 

ARTHUR H. MacKINNON 
Director of Accounts 



AHMrmdg 



Mr. Arthur H. MacKinnon 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Sir: 

As directed by you, I have made an audit of the books and accounts 
of the town of Acton for the year ending December 31, 196 3, and submit 
the following report thereon: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the several 
departments receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing 
bills for collection, were examined, checked, and verified by comparison 
with the records in the offices of the town accountant and the town treas- 
urer. 

The books and accounts in the office of the town accountant were 
examined and checked in detail. The recorded receipts were compared 
with the treasurer's books and with the records in the several depart- 
ments collecting money for the town; the payments, as entered, were 
checked with the treasurer's hooks and with the treasury warrants; 
while the appropriations, transfers, and loan authorizations were checked 
with the town clerk's records of financial votes passed by the town meet- 
ings and with the finance committee's authorizations of transfers from 
the reserve fund. 

The ledger accounts were analyzed, a trial balance was taken off, 
and a balance sheet showing the financial condition of the town on 
December 31, 1963 was prepared and is appended to this report. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked in detail. The recorded receipts were analyzed and compared 
with the departmental records of payments to the treasurer, with other 
sources from which money was paid into the town treasurer, and with 
the accountant's books. The payments were compared with the warrants 
approved by the selectmen and with the accountant's books. 



150 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

The treasurer's cash balance on February 17, 1964 was proved by 
actual count of the cash in the office, and by reconciliation of the bank 
balances with statements furnished by the banks of deposit. 

The payments on account of maturing debt and interest were proved 
with the amounts falling due and checked with the cancelled securities 
on file. The outstanding coupons were listed and reconciled with the 
balance in the bond and coupon account as shown by a statement received 
from the bank of deposit. 

The records of payroll deductions for Federal and State taxes, 
county and teachers 1 retirement systems, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 
and group insurance were examined. The deductions were footed, the 
payments to the proper agencies were verified, and the balances on hand 
were reconciled with the respective controls in the town accountant's 
ledger. 

The records of tax titles and tax possessions held by the town were 
examined and checked. The taxes transferred to the tax title account 
were checked with the collector's books, the reported redemptions of 
tax titles were compared with the treasurer's recorded receipts, and 
the tax titles and tax possessions on hand were listed, reconciled with 
the town accountant's ledger, and checked with the records at the 
Registry of Deeds, 

The transactions of the several trust and investment funds in the 
custody of the town treasurer and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Good- 
now Fund were verified, and the securities and savings bank "books 
representing the investment of these funds were examined and listed. 

The books and accounts of the town collector were examined and 
checked. The tax, excise, assessment, and departmental accounts out- 
standing at the time of the previous examination, as well as all sub- 
sequent commitments, were audited and proved. The recorded collections 
were compared with the payments to the treasurer, the abatements were 
checked with the assessors' records of abatements granted, the taxes 
transferred to the tax title account were checked with the treasurer's 
records of tax titles held by the town, and the outstanding accounts were 
listed and reconciled with the respective controls in the town account- 
ant's ledger. 

The outstanding tax, excise, and departmental accounts were verified 
by mailing notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the 
books as owing money to the town, and from the replies received thereto 
it appears that the accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The assessors' records of apportioned street betterment assess- 
ments were examined. The amounts added to the tax levy of 1963 were 
compared with the collector's records, and the apportionments due in 
future years were listed and reconciled with the respective accounts in 
the town accountant's ledger. 

The town clerk's records pertaining to dog and sporting licenses 
issued, as well as to collections for licenses, recording fees, marriage 
intentions, etc, were examined and checked. The cash book was footed, 
the payments to the treasurer and to the Division of Fisheries and Game 
were verified, and the cash on hand on February 17, 1964 was proved. 

The surety bonds of the town officials on file for the faithful per- 
formance of their duties were examined and found to be in proper form. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 151 

The records of departmental cash collections by the board of select- 
men, the sealer of weights and measures, and the building and wire in- 
spectors, as well as by the police, fire, health, school, library, and cem- 
etery departments, and by all other departments in which money was col- 
lected for the town, were examined and checked. The payments to the 
treasurer were verified by comparison with the treasurer's and the town 
accountant's books, and the cash on hand in the several departments, 
including petty cash advances, was proved by actual count. 

Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, are tables 
showing reconciliations of the treasurer's and town clerk's cash, sum- 
maries of the Tax, excise, assessment, tax title, tax possession, and 
departmental accounts, as well as schedules showing the condition and 
transactions of the trust and investment funds. 

For the cooperation extended by the several town officials during 
the progress of the audit, I wish, on behalf of my assistants and for my- 
self, to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ 
Assistant Chief of Bureau 

WSrmdg 



152 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 
BALANCE SHEET 
December 31, 1963 
GENERAL ACCOUNTS 



ASSETS 

Cash: 

General . 

Advances for Petty: 

Tax Collector 

School General 

School Lunch Program 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes: 

Levy of 1958: 

Personal Property. ..... 

Levy of 1959: 

Personal Property 

Levy of 1960: 

Personal Property. 

Levy of 1961: 

Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 

Levy of 1962: 

Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 

Levy of 1963: 

Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1960 

Levy of 1961 

Levy of 1962 

Levy of 1963 

Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles 

Tax Possessions 

Departmental: 

Collector 

Planning Board 

Highway 

General Relief 

Aid to Dependent Children . . . 

Old Age Assistance 

Veterans 1 Services 

School 

Cemetery 

Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 



$ 



50.00 
20.00 
50.00 



312.00 

300.00 

380.00 

6.00 

342.00 

23.56 

24.00 

123.00 

2,171.15 

112.00 

4,577.45 

40,641.55 



$394,044.32 



120.00 



49,012.71 



1,020.62 




1,345.78 




2,281.12 




43,904.21 


48,551.73 


471.22 




367.73 


838.95 


88.50 




50.00 




891.64 




113.15 




1,376.30 




447.72 




3,600.27 




166.61 




104.50 


6,838.69 




• 


36,927.33 




9,726.17 


46,653.50 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Loans Authorized: 

School Construction . . 

Due from Stabilization Fund 

for School Construction 

Unprovided For or Overdrawn Accounts: 
Underestimates 1963: 

State Recreation Areas 

Assessment $ 398.77 

County Tax 100.70 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Assessments Not Due: 
Street 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 
Inside Debt Limit: 

General $266,000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

General 510,000.00 



153 



$800,000.00 



75,000.00 



499.47 



$1*42 L £51*37 



i__2j.0_l_4.2_8_ 



$776_0_0_0_.0_0_ 



TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 
Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Treasurer . . . . $576,140.88 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $ 74.40 

State Taxes 2,301.89 

County Retirement System 1,084.71 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield .... 542.98 

Group Insurance . 6 8.16 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Planning Board 71.30 

Board of Appeals 24.00 

Construction 81.94 

Agency: 

Dog Licenses - Due County .... 

Tailings: 

Unclaimed Checks 



_____6_0_6_.4_2_ 



$ 4,072.14 



177.24 



105.25 



279.76 



154 

Trust Fund Income: 

Cemeteries 

Recoveries: 

Old Age Assistance 

Federal Grants: 

Disability Assistance: 

Administration 

Assistance 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration 

Aid 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 

Assistance 

Medical Assistance for the Aged: 

Administration 

Assistance 

School: 

Public Law #81-815 

Public Law #81-874 

Revolving Fund: 

School Lunch 

Appropriation Balances: 
Revenue: 

General 

Non-Revenue: 

School Construction 

Appropriation from Stabilization 
Fund for School Construction . . 

Loans Authorized and Unissued ... 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund. 

Receipts Reserved for Appropriation: 
Road Machinery. 

Reserved Fund - Overlay Surplus . . 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1958 

Levy of 1959 

Levy of 1960 

Levy of 1961 

Levy of 1962 

Levy of 1963 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise. 
Tax Title and Possession ..... 

Departmental 

Aid to Highway 

Reserve for Petty Cash Advance. . . 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

$ 2,710.09 
585.75 



$ 48.35 
1,896.90 

85.84 
6,535.32 

34.43 
26,925.72 

74.67 
6,079.20 

819.68 
21,436.80 63,936.91 





8,516.18 


$106,588.74 




429.99 


107,018.73 




75,000.00 




800,000.00 




5,130.35 




14,129.82 




27,078.48 


$ 312.00 

300.00 

380.00 

371.56 

2,318.15 

7,148.06 


10,829.77 


$48,551.73 

838.95 

6,838.69 

46,653.50 


102,882.87 



120.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 
Surplus Revenue . . . . , 



155 

$198,986.03 

ll»421 t 5_5_9«_37 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Street Assessments Revenue: 
Due in 1964 to 1966, Inclusive . . 



$__2,.0_1_4.2_8_ 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 



Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

School . . 

Municipal Building 

Outside Debt Limit: 
School 



$230,000.00 
36,000.00 



$266,000.00 
510,000.00 



TRUST AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 



In Custody of Treasurer: 
Welfare Funds: 

Betsy M. Ball 

Elizabeth White . 

Georgia E. Whitney . 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial. . . . 
School Funds: 

Charlotte Conant ......... 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial. 
Library Funds: 

Wilde Memorial 

Acton Firemen ! s Relief Fund. . . 
West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund. 
Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care .......... 

Hoit and Scott 

J. Roland Wetherbee. 

Georgia E. Whitney 

Luke Blanchard 

Frank C. Hayward . 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Henry L. Raymond Monument. 

Henry L. Raymond Care .... 

Dr. Robert L. Davis 

Frank E. Knowlton 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie F. Wells 

A. B. Conant Family 

Elbridge, Jones, Robbins 

and Descendents 

Investment Funds: 

Stabilization 

Conservation. 



$15,399.44 
27,668.96 
14,320.99 
11,502.35 

4,590.00 
17,253.51 

34,647.43 

11,654.22 

1,128.45 

116,468.27 

673.85 

13,439.20 

1,949.79 

2,620.61 

1,562.96 

101,532.07 

1,169.63 

2,557.57 

1,154.05 

1,153.18 

493.91 

419.88 

2,862.90 

3,456.73 

1,094.88 

1,000.00 

170,826.35 
13,539.70 



$576,140.88 



156 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund . . . . 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

$ 3,465.54 
$579 t 6_0_6_A2 



* * * * 

TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1964 

To The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Cash Balance January 1, 1964 . . . $394,044.32 

RECEIVED FROM STATE TREASURER 

Disability Assistance, Federal. . . $ 1,043.98 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal . 8,568.23 

Medical Aid Aged, Federal 17,201.80 

Old Age Assistance, Federal .... 19,343.59 

Disability Assistance 6,168.74 

Medical Aid for Aged 12,049.56 

Old Age Assistance 11,633.84 

Aid Dependent Children 5,326.68 

Loss of Taxes 3,527.98 

Snow Removal 1,218.76 

Chapter 90, Highways 4,152.33 

Chapter 81, Highways 33,156.26 

Corporation Taxes 43,741.53 

Income Taxes 96,101.91 

Chapter 782 - Section 4, Highways 10,96 3.30 

School Aid, Chapter 70-69-71. . . . 55,915.04 

Meal Taxes 2,815.40 

Veterans Service 3,481.27 

Tuition & Transportation 1,722.04 

School Construction, McCarthy Addition 13,567.15 

School Construction, McCarthy. . . 5,567.89 

School Construction, Merriam . . . 20,057.63 

Transportation 20,484.54 

General Relief 99.81 

Public Libraries 1,809.50 

Temporary Aid 179.62 

RECEIVED FROM COUNTY TREASURER 

Dog Licenses $ 1,408.47 

Highway Allotments - 1961 1,500.00 

Highway Main - 1962 1,326.17 

RECEIVED FROM TOWN CLERK 

Sporting License Fees. $ 130.40 

Dog License Fees 227.25 

Certificates, Vital Statistics .... 334.00 

Mortgage Fees 853.50 

Business Certificates ......... 33.50 

Street Lists 122.00 

Pole Locations ............. 125.50 

Cemetery Deeds 23.00 



$399,898.38 



4,234.64 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



157 



Storage Registrations 
Dog Licenses 



77.00 
2,072.50 



$ 3,998.65 



RECEIVED FROM TOWN COLLECTOR 



Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1960 
Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1961 

Poll Taxes, 1961 

Poll Taxes, 1962 

Real Estate Taxes, 1962 . . 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1962 

PoU Taxes, 1963 

Personal Property Taxes, 1963 . . 

Real Estate Taxes, 1963 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1963. 
Farm Animal Excise Taxes, 1964. 
Personal Property Taxes, 1964 . . 

Real Estate Taxes, 1964 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, 1964 

Street Betterments 

Committed Interest 

Street Betterments, North Cross . 

Lien Certificates 

General Relief Recovery 

Interest & Charges on Taxes .... 
Old Age Assistance Receivables . . 
Care Cemetery Lots. 



$ 18.97 

4.43 

4.00 

2.00 

1,991.98 

302.30 

36.00 

4,623.10 

36,728.09 

45,602.89 

109.14 

106,008.33 

1,302.409.6 8 

219,144.26 

671.58 

80.57 

1,025.70 

876.00 

139.68 

1,716.53 

447.72 

652.50 



MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS 
EMPLOYEE'S - PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS 



State Withholding Taxes . . 

County Retirement 

Federal Withholding Taxes 

Group Insurance . 

Blue Cross - Blue Shield. . 

Teacher's Insurance 

Teacher's Retirement. . . . 

SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

Lunch Account 

Towne School 

Merriam School. 

McCarthy School 

Telephone - Telegrams. . . 
Blanchard Auditorium. . . . 
Federal Grant P.L. 874 . . 
Petty Cash Account 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Miscellaneous ......... 

Licenses 

Wiring Permits 

Building Permits 



11,644.14 

13,917.61 

92,867.79 

772.46 

6,915.98 

1,010.73 

19,452.51 



67,895.05 

60.00 

505.00 

52.50 

52.30 

7,056.00 

18,439.00 

50.00 



241.00 

902.00 

1,852.45 

4,763.60 



$1,722,595.45 



146,581.22 



94,109.85 



7,759.05 



158 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SUPERINTENDENT - CEMETERY 



Chapel Fees . . . 

Miscellaneous 

Lowering Device 

Liner Installations 

Foundations 

Burials 

Sale of Lots 

CHIEF OF POLICE 

Dealers Permits • 

Bicycle Registrations . 

Pistol Permits 

CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Permits Various 

Miscellaneous .....•••••... 

Rental, Fire Station ! s ........ 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Miscellaneous 

Clinics 

Gas Permits .............. 

Sewerage Permits .......... 

Plumbing Permits 

Nurse Services ............ 

Permits 

Notar ! s Package Store License. . 
Village Package Store License . . 
Recipients - Old Age Assistance 
Recipients - General Relief. ... 
Recipients - Medical Aid Aged . . 
Recipients - Aid Dependent Children 
Recipients - Veteran f s Benefits 
Florence Merriam, Group Insurance 
Florence Merriam, Blue Cross 
Edith Hatch, Group Insurance. . . 

Edith Hatch, Blue Cross 

Timothy Hennessey, Group Insurance 
Timothy Hennessey, Blue Cross 
John E. Beach, Group Insurance . 
John E. Beach, Blue Cross .... 

Anne Rimbach, Group Insurance 
Frederic Rimbach, Group Insurance 
Frederic Rimbach, Blue Cross. . 
Katherine Matsen, Group Insurance 
Katherine Matsen, Blue Cross . . 
Ella Campbell, Apartment Rent . 
George K. Hayward, Sealer Weights 
Roland A. Livermore, Hall Rental 
Concord District Court Fines . . 
Machinery Account ......... 

Planning Board, Hearings ..... 

Board Appeals, Hearings ..... 

Employees, Group Insurance ... 



60.00 
119.00 
111.00 
300.00 
671.65 
1,848.00 
1,050.00 



50.00 

39.50 

150.00 



77.00 

79.00 

811.00 



47.00 

270.25 

1,265.50 

865.00 

2,095.50 

794.50 

63.50 

900.00 

900.00 

217.30 

1,306.51 

90.35 

35.80 

387.50 

5.46 

56.22 

5.46 

62.04 

7.26 

73.68 

2.48 

82.56 

4.96 

3.72 

123.84 

1.86 

21.30 

720.00 

154.45 

430.00 

846.20 

3,989.82 

175.00 

80.00 

8.16 



4,159.65 



$ 



239.50 



967.00 



5,401.25 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 159 

Employees, Blue Cross $ 75.10 

West Acton Library Fines 125.05 

Memorial Library Fines 2,054.49 

Boston Mutual Life Insurance, Dividend 260.97 
Treasurer United States, 

Federal Withholding 228.90 

Treasurer United States, Interest 1.82 
Hardward Mutual Company, 

Fire Department 38.30 

Field & Cowles, Building Insurance 854.75 
Middlesex County National Bank, 

Note #428 200,000.00 

Middlesex County National Bank, 

Note #429 41,075.00 

Middlesex County National Bank, 

Note #450 40,000.00 

Center Fire Company, 

Firemen f s Relief Fund 90.00 

South Fire Company, 

Firemen's Relief Fund 90.00 

West Fire Company, 

Firemen ! s Relief Fund 95.00 

Employees, School Insurance. . . . 13.00 

Carl W. Flint, Sale of Dogs ..... 9.00 

Blue Cross - Blue Shield, Premium 1,835.00 

Time Inc., Engineering Department 11.50 

State Withholding Tax Receipts. . . 6.38 

Frances J. Farrell Tax Title. . . . 103.56 

Frances J. Farrell Interest 18.46 

Union National Bank, Police Station 100,000.00 

Union National Bank, Premium. . . 90.00 

Town of Concord, Lien of Taxes . . 170.25 
Acton Minutemen Associates, 

Building Lease 1.00 

Carl Townsend, Land Sale 37.31 $397,976.77 

PERPETUAL CARE - WOODLAWN CEMETERY 

Estate Mabel Harlow 200.00 

Catherine Kelleher 100.00 

David & Eleanor Tuttle 200.00 

Herbert & Thelma Leusher 100.00 

Mabel H. Dunne 200.00 

Raymond White 200.00 

Ruth Wilson 150.00 

Dorothy Blanchard 100.00 

A. Jane Marsh 100.00 

Richard Clemence 200.00 

Arthur L. Freese 100.00 

Margaret Boyer 50.00 

Frederick Abbt 200.00 

Estate Harriet Taylor 200.00 

Estate Arlette Appleyard 1,000.00 

Margaret Rennie 100.00 

Jorgen Larsen 200.00 3,400.00 

PERPETUAL CARE - MT. HOPE 

Myrna MacLeod 200.00 

Esther Scribner 100.00 



160 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Nelson Wamboldt $ 200.00 

Daniel MacDougall 200.00 

Mabel MacAllester 200.00 

Donald McPherson 150.00 

Margaret Ferris 300.00 

Mary B. Hall 50.00 

Estate George Major 200.00 

Estate Arlette Appleyard 1,000.00 

Dorothy Hollywood 200.00 

TRANSFERS TO TOWN ACCOUNT 

Stabilization Fund 95,000.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 725.00 

Susan Noyer Hosmer Fund 500.00 

Cemetery Fund 500.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 100.00 

Memorial Library, Tainter Fund . 294.50 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 50.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 525.00 

TRUST FUND INCOME 



$ 2,800.00 



97,694.50 



Elbridge Jones Robbins Fund .... 

Conservation Fund 

Acton High School Library Fund . . 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 

Cemetery Fund ♦..«... 

A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund .... 

Elizabeth White Fund . . 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund 
Georgia E. Whitney Fund ...... 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 
Frank C. Hayward Cemetery Fund 
Hoit & Scott Cemetery Fund .... 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 
Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund 
Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 
Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 
Varnum Tuttle Fund. ......... 

J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund 
Sarah Watson Cemetery Fund. . . . 

Stabilization Fund 

Memorial Library Fund ....... 

Memorial Library, Tainter Fund. . 
Acton Firemen's, Relief Fund. ... 

George T. Ames Fund. 

Dr. Robert Davis Cemetery Fund. 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil Fund 

Carrie Wells Cemetery Fund. ... 
Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund . . 

Total Receipts for the year 1964 
Cash Balance January 1, 1964 

Paid Selectmen T s Orders for 1964 
Cash Balance December 31, 1964 



22.50 

297.12 

167.81 

454.28 

4,000.76 

43.12 

1,087.62 

646.88 

622.63 

63.76 

43.13 

21.56 

107.79 

28.00 

109.80 

3,532.23 

431.25 

389.07 

100.00 

5,101.08 

676.69 

687.55 

338.83 

18.60 

42.50 

14.88 

128.13 

42.50 



19,220.07 

$2,911,035.98 
394,044.32 

$3,305,080.30 
2,771,728.48 

J__533^35U82 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONDS 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44 

General Laws 61 to 90, due 1965 to 

1970, Julia L. McCarthy School 

Elementary School Bonds Chapter 645 

Acts of 1948 121 to 200 due 1965 to 

1972, Julia L. McCarthy School 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44 

Section of clause 3, General Laws 

106 to 240, due 1965 to 1977 Merriam School . . . 
Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 645 

Acts of 1948, 211 to 600 due 1965 

to 1977 Merriam School 

Elementary School Notes Chapter 44 

General Laws, 420 to 425 due 1965 

to 1967 McCarthy School Addition 

Fire Station Notes Chapter 44 

General Laws, 389 to 412 due 1965 to 1966 

Police Station Notes Chapter 44 

General Laws, 430 to 449 due 1965 to 1969 

Highway Notes, Chapter 44, General Laws 

Section 6 A #429, due August 13, 1965 

Land Acquisition Note, Chapter 44 

Section 7, clause (3) General Laws 

#450, due December 10, 1965 

ACTON HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 4,000.00 

Income Balance 590.00 

Received interest for 1964. ...... 

On deposit December 31, 1964 .... 



161 



I 30,000.00 

80,000.00 

135,000.00 

390,000.00 

30,000.00 

24,000.00 

100,000.00 

41,075.00 

40,000.00 



$ 4,590.00 

191.24 

$ 4,781.24 
$__4J_81_.2_4 



ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 7,910.00 

Income Balance 3,744.22 

Received to Fund in 1964 

Company salaries 275.00 

Interest 493.69 



On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . . 



$ 11,654.22 

768. 69 
$ 12,422.91 

$_12 1 _4_2_2_._9_1 



GEORGE T. AMES CEMETERY FUND 
Balance January 1, 1964 



Principal Fund 
Income Balance 



$ 



465.49 
28.42 



493.91 



162 



Received interest for 1964 



On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 



229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

$ 19.75 

$ 513.66 

$ 5_1_3<66 



ARLETTE APPLEYARD CEMETERY FUND 

Principal Fund (December) $ 2,000.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . l == lt ( l ( lQ : -i ) i ) 

BETSEY M. BALL FUND 
Balance January 1, 1964 



Principal Fund 
Income Balance 



$10,095.26 
5,304.18 



Received interest for 1964, 



On deposit December 31, 1964 



CEMETERY FUND 



Balance January 1, 1964 



Principal Fund 
Income Balance 



Received for Perpetual Care ... 
Received interest for 1964 . . . . 



$91,497.21 
24,971.06 

4,200.00 
4,986.97 



Cash on hand. 

Transfer to Town Account ..... 
On deposit December 31, 1964 . . 



$ 



531.04 
500.00 



A. B. CONANT CEMETERY FUND 
Balance January 1, 1964 



Principal Fund 
Income Balance 



$ 1,000.00 
94.88 



Received interest for 1964 



On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 



$ 15,399.44 

667.22 
$ 16,066.66 

$_!6 i 066_,66 



$116,468.27 



9,186.97 
$125,655.24 



1,031.04 
124,624.20 

$125 JL 6_5_5.24_ 



$ 1,094.88 

47.20 

$ 1,142.08 

$__!J_42_,0_8 



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CONSERVATION INVESTMENT FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $13,539.70 

Income Balance $ 13,539.70 

Received to Fund - Article 15 . . . 7,899.7 3 

Received interest for 1964 297.12 8,196.85 

$ 21,736.55 
On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . k = ^l*= 7 M=& 

DR. ROBERT I. DAVIS CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January i, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,000.00 

Income Balance 154.05 $ 1,154.05 

Received interest for 1964 49.25 

$ 1,203.30 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . t == lSPA^§ 

ELBRIDGE JONES ROBBINS & DESCENDENTS FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,000.00 

Income Balance $ 1,000.00 

Received interest for 1964 22.50 

$ 1,022.50 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . t._l«.Q22„§P 

ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Income Balance 2,668.96 $ 27,668.96 

Received interest for 1964 1,178.05 

$ 28,847.01 

Paid Trusteed orders for 1964 . . 725.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 28,122.01 

O§aMU0J 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY MEMORIAL FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $15,000.00 

Income Balance 2,253.51 $ 17,253.51 



164 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Received interest for 1964 $ 737.94 

$ 17,991.45 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $_1Z*9.9U45_ 



GEORGIA E. WHITNEY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Income Balance » 247.29 $ 14,320.99 

Received interest for 1964 635.62 

$ 14,956.61 

Paid Trusteed Orders for 1964 . . 525.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 14,431.61 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,500.00 

Income Balance 449.79 $ 1,949.79 

Received interest for 1964 81.69 

$ 2,031.48 

Transfer to Town Account 50.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 1,981.48 

| == | t = 31 = .4 = 8 

FRANK C. HAYWARD CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,000.00 

Income Balance 562.96 $ 1,562.96 

Received interest for 1964 65,85 

$ 1,628.81 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $ ==l*$?A'&i 

HOIT & SCOTT CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 500.00 

Income Balance 173.85 $ 67 3.85 

Received interest for 1964 28.69 

$ 702.54 
On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $____1Q2^54 



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MRS. HARRY ! NEIL f S CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 372.39 

Income Balance 47.49 $ 419.88 

Received interest for 1964 16.68 

$ 436.56 

On deposit December 31, 1964 § = = = = i?4-#J 

FRANK R. KNOWLTON CEMETERY FUND 

January 31, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,000.00 

Income Balance 153.18 $ 1,153.18 

Received interest for 1964 49.43 

■ ■■■ r ■ 

$ 1,202.61 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . Q^lhWA'&i 

LUKE BLANCHARD CEMETERY FUND 

January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 2,419.24 

Income Balance 201.37 $ 2,620.61 

Received interest for 1964 ..... 116.40 

$ 2,737.01 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . t-J%JJ£Lfil 

HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 
MONUMENT PERPETUAL CARE 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 700.00 

Income Balance 469.63 $ 1,169.63 

Received interest for 1964 47.30 

$ 1,216.93 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $__Ll216*?3 

HENRY S. RAYMOND CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 2,000.00 

Income Balance 557.57 $ 2,557.57 

Received interest for 1964 109.80 

$ 2,667.37 



166 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $ = _2 1 _6_6_7^37 

SUSAN NOYES HOSMER CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Income Balance 19,293.12 $101,532.07 

Received interest for 1964 4,342.42 

$105,874.49 

Transfer to Town Account 500.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 105,374.49 

§i05 t 8 = 7 = 4.49 

VARNUM TUTTLE MEMORIAL FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 1,502.35 $ 11,502.35 

Received interest for 1964 ..... 491.96 

$ 11,994.31 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . i = llh^A'M 

J. ROLAND WETHERBEE CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 3,439.20 $ 13,439.20 

Received interest for 1964 528.67 

$ 13,967.87 

Transfer to Town Account 100.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 13,867.87 

$ = lg t 9 = 6 = 7 = ^8J 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $32,890.21 

Income Balance 1,757.22 $ 34,647.43 

Received interest for 1964 ..... 1,445.12 

$ 36,092.55 

Transfer to Town Account 294.50 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 35,798.05 

$_36 t 0_9_2_._5_5 



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SARAH A. WATSON CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 2,500.00 

Income Balance 362.90 $ 2,862.90 

Received interest for 1964 115.80 

$ 2,978.70 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . i = = l t i 7 =§:Ji ) 

WEST ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $ 1,12 8.45 

Received interest for 1964 46.30 $ 1,174.75 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . $ = AJlJA3$ 

STABILIZATION FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 

Principal Fund $166,515.19 

Income Balance 4,311.16 $170,826.35 

Received interest for 1964 5,319.89 

Received to Fund Article 10 .... 25,000.00 

Received to Fund Article 11 .... 10,000.00 40,319.89 

$211,146.24 

Transfer to Town Account 95,000.00 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . 116,146.24 

HllJ = 46 = ^2i 

CARRIE F. WELLS CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1964 • 

Principal Fund $ 3,000.00 

Income Balance 456.73 $ 3,456.73 

Received interest for 1964 146.18 

$ 3,602.91 

On deposit December 31, 1964 . . . i = = §*: 6 = = 2 = * = 9 = 1 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR 
Town Treasurer 

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168 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



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170 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TOWN OFFICERS 
MODERATOR 
James Edward Kinsley 
SELECTMEN 

Lawrence Donnelly. ...• Term Expires 1965 

* Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 1966 

Warren F. Birch Term Expires 1967 

** John H. Loring 

* Deceased ** Elected to replace * 

TOWN CLERK TREASURER AND COLLECTOR 

Charles M. MacRae Wm, Henry Soar 

ASSESSORS 

Dewey E. Boarman Term Expires 1965 

Carl R. Godfrey Term Expires 1966 

Carl C. Flint Term Expires 1967 

TREE WARDEN 
Franklin H. Charter 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1965 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1966 

Patience H. MacPherson Term Expires 1967 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1965 

Harlan E. Tuttle Term Expires 1966 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1967 

CONSTABLES 

Edward J. Collins, Jr. T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribner 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Louise M. Gardiner Term Expires 1965 

Richard A. Bodge Term Expires 1966 

Doris E. Peterson Term Expires 1967 

LOCAL AND REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEES 

Parker Harrison, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1965 

M. Virginia Biggy Term Expires 1966 

Albert W. Koch Term Expires 1966 

Edwin Richter Term Expires 1967 

* Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1967 

** George E. Neagle 

* Resigned ** Elected to replace * 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 171 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

xRobert C. Heustis Term Expires 1965 

xx Warren M. McFague 

* Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1966 

** J. Huston Westover 

Jay S. Grumbling Term Expires 1967 

x Resigned * Resigned 

xx Elected to replace x ** Elected to replace * 

PLANNING BOARD 

Leonard E. Rae Term Expires 1965 

f Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1966 

x John H. Loring Term Expires 1967 

xx Beatrice C. Perkins 

David P. Tinker. . Term Expires 1968 

* William M. Veazey Term Expires 1969 

** Richard C. Janson 

x Resigned * Resigned f Deceased 

xx Elected to replace x #* Elected to replace * 

TRUSTEES OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1965 

Eleanor P. Wilson . . Term Expires 1966 

Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1967 

TRUSTEES OF WEST ACTON FIREMEN ! S RELIEF FUND 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1965 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1966 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1967 

TRUSTEES OF ACTON FIREMEN T S RELIEF FUND 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1965 

Clarence A. Frost Term Expires 1966 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1967 

TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

James N. Gates Term Expires 1965 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1966 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1967 

TRUSTEES OF 
THE CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF WEST ACTON 

James E. Kinsley Term Expires 1965 

Percival W. Wood Term Expires 1966 

Barbara Nylander Term Expires 1967 

APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN -- 1964 

EXECUTIVE CLERK 
Virginia Milbery 



17 2 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Porter G. Jenks Term Expires 1965 

Charles C. Grandy Term Expires 1965 

* Richard C. Janson Term Expires 1965 

** William B. Allred 

Samuel L. Davis Term Expires 1966 

Joseph R. O^eill Term Expires 1966 

William L. Chipman Term Expires 1966 

James R. Brown Term Expires 1967 

Mary K. Hadley Term Expires 1967 

Paul H. Lesure Term Expires 1967 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

BOARD OF APPEALS 

* Craig E. Lundbert Term Expires 1965 

** Herschel N. Hadley 

William C. Sawyer Term Expires 1966 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1967 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

ASSOCIATES 

xHerschel N. Hadley Term Expires 1966 

xx Harold W. Flood 

* Harold F. Nordberg Term Expires 1967 

** Milford B. Bottomley 

x Appointed regular member * Resigned 

xx Appointed to replace x ** Appointed to replace * 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Allen H. Nelson 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1965 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1966 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1967 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Officio 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1965 

CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1965 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1966 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1967 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 173 

ELECTION OFFICERS 

PRECINCT I 

Warden - Irene F. McLaughlin 
Clerk - Inga Frost 

Inspectors - Alice H. May, Margaret Schene 
Deputy Warden - John F. McLaughlin 
Deputy Clerk - Helen R. Edwards 

Deputy Inspectors - Adelaide G. Cornwall, Marion E. Stevens 
Tellers - Edna R. Custance, Paul C. Cornwall, Katherine M. Condon, 
Frances Hirsch, Gladys Duston, Olga Andersen 

PRECINCT II 

Warden - Margaret Larsen 

Clerk - Bertha Carr Tucker 

Inspectors - Martha I. Lowden, Sophia Walsh 

Deputy Warden - Ellen G. Beck 

Deputy Clerk - Phyllis M. Moyer 

Deputy Inspectors - Hazel P. Vose, Michael J. Walsh 

Tellers - Elsie T. Winslow, Nancy Nastasi, Clara Gunzelmann, 

Mabel S. McKelvie, Margaret I. Cullinane, Irene Young 

PRECINCT in 

Warden - Barbara J» McPhee 
Clerk - Phyllis K. Sprague 

Inspectors - Barbara Nylander, Martin J. Duggan 
Duputy Warden - Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Clerk - Stanley A. Nedza 

Deputy Inspectors - Elsie M. Godfrey, Genevieve L. Hatch 
Tellers - Minnie C. Veasie, Elizabeth H. Gray, Nancy E. Oelschlegel, 
Mary H. Prentice, Esther Perry, Anna G. Mahar 

CENTRAL POLLING PLACE 

Warden - Edith M. O f Leary Clerk - Marion M. Armstrong 

INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS DOG OFFICER 

Carl W. Flint Carl W. Flint 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
George K. Hayward 

RECREATION COMMISSION 

William J. Phillips Term Expires 1965 

Helen E. Moland Term Expires 1965 

Charles W. Pappas Term Expires 1966 

♦ Edward W. Flannery Term Expires 1967 

** Martin C. Scanlan 

Gladys K. Mason Term Expires 196 8 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

INSPECTOR OF GAS PIPING AND GAS APPLIANCES 

Joseph G. Perry 

DEPUTY INSPECTOR OF GAS PIPING AND GAS APPLIANCES 

Edward F. Wright 



174 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

FENCE VIEWERS 

♦ Laurence Hadley Allan R„ Murray 

* Resigned 

FIRE ALARM OPERATOR 
♦Frederic W. Rimbach 
♦Resigned 

FIELD DRIVERS 

William C. Kazokas *George Kemp 

William J. Durkin, Jr. Norman L. Roche 

♦Deceased 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
Franklin H. Charter 

BURIAL AGENT VETERANS 1 AGENT 

Ian M. Mott Ian M. Mott 

ASSISTANT BURIAL AGENT ASSISTANT VETERANS' AGENT 

Norman L. Roche Norman L. Roche 

DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' S3RVICES 
Ian M. Mott 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' SERVICES 
Norman L. Roche 

INSPECTOR OF WIRES ASSISTANT INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

Leslie F. Parke Lawrence I. Tucker 

POLICE OFFICERS 

♦Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief 

♦Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 

♦David W. Scribner, Sergeant 

♦William J. Durkin, Jr. Ray L. Harris 

♦Norman L. Roche William S. Kendall, Jr. 

♦Robert A. Bartlett Richard N. Farrell 

♦John V. Gregory James P. Conheeney, Jr. 

♦Robert S. Rhodes T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

♦Robert P. MacLeod Allen H. Nelson 

Franklin H. Charter Carl W # Flint 

♦ Civil Service 

WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 
Theron A. Lowden 

DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE 
John F. McLaughlin 

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE 
Robert F. Guba 



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PUBLIC WEIGHERS 



175 



William Br am an 
G. Howard Reed 
Charles Greenough 
Harold Whitney- 
Robert Greenough 

TOWN COUNSEL 
Richard S. McCabe 



*A. W. Davis 
Arthur P. Genetti 
Alan C. Wagner 
Paul M. Wagner, Jr. 
♦Deceased 

ASSOCIATE TOWN COUNSEL 
Philip A. Wilson 



* Resigned 



TOWN ENGINEER 

*Fred K. Hanack 

**John J. Dowd 

** Appointed to replace * 



BUILDING INSPECTOR 
Kenneth E. Jewell 



DEPUTY BUILDING INSPECTOR 
H. Stuart MacGregor 



ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

T„ Frederick S. Kennedy Term Expires 1965 

Joyce C. Woodhead Term Expires 1966 

David L. May Term Expires 1967 

TOWN REPORT COMMITTEE 

John C. Shelley Term Expires 1965 

* Dorothy B. Stonecliffe Term Expires 1966 

** James L. Parker 

Beverly W. Lydiard Term Expires 1967 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

PERSONNEL BOARD 

Lyman H. Goff, Jr Term Expires 1965 

Wilbur J. Tolman Term Expires 1965 

William H. Kemp Term Expires 1966 

Clyde J. Home Term Expires 1967 

* Warren L. Newell Term Expires 1967 

** Donald L. Loring 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

Stephen E. Lord Term Expires 196 5 

Allen M. Christofferson Term Expires 1966 

Richard J. O'Neil Term Expires 1967 

Paul M. McPherson Term Expires 1967 

Frederick H. Bubier Term Expires 1968 

Ralph C. Morse Term Expires 196 9 

TOWN BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Arnold H. Mercier Term Expires 1965 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1966 

Joseph S. Cobb Term Expires 1967 

Frank L. Arms Term Expires 1968 



176 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

PUBLIC CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE 

Lowell H. Cram Term Expires 1965 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1965 

Percival W. Wood Term Expires 1966 

Carl A. Hedin Term Expires 1966 

Raymond A. Shamel Term Expires 1967 

Russell Hayward Term Expires 1967 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

Robert J. Ellis Term Expires 1965 

James M. Shepard Term Expires 1965 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1966 

Alice H. May Term Expires 1966 

John A. Jeffries, Jr. *. Term Expires 1967 

William L. Kingman Term Expires 1967 

Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1967 

STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE 

Byrd D. Goss Joseph F. Bushell 

Leslie F. Parke 

TOWN EMPLOYEES INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

David W. Scribner Arno H. Perkins 

Stewart Kennedy Viola M. Foley 

Carolyn Douglas 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ASSIST 
MASS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 

John W. Putnam Allen G. Moody 

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THE TOWN OF ACTON 177 

REVISED JURY LIST - 1964 

PRECINCT I 

John H. Duston, 276 Pope Road, Farmer 

George H. Hodgson, 72 Strawberry Hill Road, Laboratory Technician 

Robert S. Sinnett, 22 Hosmer Street, Sales Manager 

Theodore D. Weyn, 30 Forest Road, Lumberman 

Edwin G. Ferrari, 13 Alcott Street, Mechanical Engineer 

Carl A. Peterson, 4 Brabrook Road, Mechanical Engineer 

Fletcher W. Burger, 107 Concord Road, Manager 

John R. Vieira, Jr., 4 Flagg Road, Electronic Technician 

Glenn M. Kidder, 486 Great Road, Research Chemist 

David G. Robertson, 20 Henley Road, Electrical Engineer 

John B. Milliken, 12 Hosmer Street, Purchasing Agent 

Arthur C. Goodwin, 1 Iris Court, Retired 

Elmer O. Kilpatrick, 1 Iris Court, Retired 

William R. Horton, 514 Main Street, Junior Engineer 

David W. Forrant, 97 Newtown Road, Electronic Engineer 

Karl Andersen, 21 Minuteman Road, Construction 

Edgar H. Peterson, 25 Minuteman Road, Office Work 

Robert E. Clapp, 4 Wheeler Lane, Salesman 

Malcolm R. Dunn, 62 Taylor Road, Farmer 

William J. Hindle, Greenwood Lane, Sales Manager 

James R. Mercer, Jr., 562 Main Street, President 

Paul C. Grosse, 11 Alcott Street, Electronic Engineer 

Franklin D. Moore, 3 Thoreau Road, Airline Pilot 

Samuel Crowther, Jr., 5 Henley Road, Engineer 

John W. Putnam, 352 Pope Road, Research Executive 

PRECINCT II 

David W. Hartwell, 13 Billings Street, Warehouse Manager 

Charles T. Kirk, 13 Beverly Road, Electrical Engineer 

Thomas E. Wetherbee, 44 Prospect Street, Laundryman 

Arthur H. Donaldson, 5 Billings Street, Mechanic 

Roland R. MacLean, 46 Central Street, Prod. Eng. 

Thomas C. Searle, 249 Parker Street, Mechanical Engineer 

H. Bradford Sturtevant, III, 12 Laurel Court, Asst. Treasurer 

Alvin R. Piper, 7 Piper Road, Spec. Office Equipment 

Herbert S. Weintraub, 4 Ashwood Road, Physicist 

Bruce D. Smith, 6 Ashwood Road, Engineer 

William H. Stafford, 8 Brucewood Road, Engineer 

Francis J. Schell, 4 6 Conant Street, Research Engineer 

Robert M. Lydiard, 4 Fairway Road, Controller 

Charles W. Pappas, 1 Fairway Road, Salesman 

Kenneth D. Day, 6 Foster Street, Engineer 

Sumner D. Zimmer, 25 High Street, Hydrogen Plant Operator 

J. Edward Sibel, 266 High Street, Office Manager 

Joseph R. Peters, Jr., 100 Hosmer Street, Office Work 

Charles W. Hillman, 10 Independence Road, Engineer 

Andrew L. Boissoneau, 63 Laws Brook Road, Office Manager 

Raymond V. Christian, 9 Lilac Court, Accountant 

Richard A. Gunzelmann, 59 Main Street, Maintenance 

George Pederson, 16 Maple Street, Floor Installation 

Carl F. Beyer, 27 Oakwood Road, Technician 

Richard A. Lowden, 172 Main Street, Truck Driver 



178 229th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

PRECINCT III 

Richard M. Brine, 136 Central Street, Parts Man 

Edward W. Flannery, 544 Massachusetts Avenue, Foreman 

Dudley F. Howe, 11 Mohawk Drive, Insurance 

Norman L. Perkins, 133 Arlington Street, Bulldozer Operator 

Marvin L. Tolf, 32 Agawam Road, T. I. C. 

Peter R. Whitcomb, 144 Hayward Road, Carpenter 

Harrison D. Foote, 387 Central Street, Salesman 

Donald R. Thompson, 372 Arlington Street, Airplane Mechanic 

John E. Dunphy, Jr., 3 Algonquin Road, Engineer 

Walter W. Lawrence, 2 30 Arlington Street, Machinist 

John D. Killian, 20 Birch Ridge Road, Electrical Engineer 

Robert G. French, 220 Central Street, Mechanic 

George H. Charter, 79 Charter Road, Machinist 

Joseph R. Hanasik, 26 Elm Street, Electronics 

Frederick J. Karr, 3 Ethan Allen Drive, Opr. Superintendent 

Walter J. Johnson, 11 Marian Road, Oil Service and Manager 

Harold A. Torppa, 655 Massachusetts Avenue, Mechanic 

Stanley F. Luques, 15 Mohegan Road, Engineer 

David C. Hartzell, 42 Nash Road, Assistant Personnel Manager 

Frederick A. Lindquist, Jr., 42 Quaboag Road, Machinist 

Warren E. Costello, 262 Central Street, Welder 

James E. Mahar, 20 Agawam, Design Engineer 

Lawrence B. Kelley, 15 Nashoba Road, Draftsman 

Arnold G. Woodward, 141 Central Street, I.B.M. Operator 

Alfred R. Hermes, 292 Central Street, Credit Reporter 

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THE TOWN OF ACTON 



FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 




President of the United States 
Lyndon B. Johnson 

United States Senators 
Leveret* Saltonstall 
Edward M. Kennedy 

Representative in Congress 
Philip J. Philbin — Third Congressional District 

Officials of the Commonwealth 

Governor John A. Volpe 

Lieutenant Governor Elliot L. Richardson 

Secretary Kevin H. White 

Treasurer Robert Q. Crane 

Auditor Thaddeus Buczko 

Attorney General Edward W. Brooke 

Governor's Council — Third District 

George F. Cronin, Jr., Boston, Mass. 

Senator — Middlesex and Worcester District 

William I. Randall, Framingham, Mass. 

Representative in the General Court — 

Thirteenth Middlesex District - John M. Eaton, Jr., Concord, Mass. 



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